StAnza '09 took place from: 18–22 March, 2009
Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Hub Venue: The Byre Theatre
Other venues: Parliament Hall, The Town Hall, The Council Chamber, St John’s Undercroft, St Mary’s Hall, The Preservation Trust Museum & the Public Library
Themes: The Homecoming, Poetry Centre Stage
Each festival focuses on two themes which weave around each other to give every StAnza its own unique flavour.
For 2009, under the Homecoming banner, we featured “affinity Scots” from around the world as poets and speakers, bringing them back to experience and participate in present day Scotland and St Andrews; and also in the 250th anniversary year of the birth of Robert Burns, a series of events looking from every angle at one of the world’s best loved poets.
Our other theme, Poetry Centre-Stage, considered the long and sometimes provocative relationship between poetry and the theatre.
StAnza Festival Director Brian Johnstone
at the Homecoming Scotland Launch
Photo: Peter Sandground
StAnza is delighted that the festival was selected to take part in the Scotland's year-long celebration, Homecoming Scotland 2009.
Timed to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, the country wide programme took in wide-ranging events and activities that highlighted Scottish culture and heritage. The festival was among only 58 events across the country to be selected for funding by Homecoming Scotland, out of nearly 200 applications. StAnza is proud to be the only organisation from Fife to receive funding.
First Minister, Alex Salmond launched Homecoming Scotland at Edinburgh Castle on 16 June, with a quotation from Robert Burns and a warmly expressed invitation to Scots at home and abroad, and to those who love Scotland, to come home and join the celebrations. Stanza Festival Director, Brian Johnstone said: 'StAnza is privileged to be chosen to take part in Homecoming Scotland 2009. It is fitting for us as a poetry festival to be at the heart of a project inspired by Robert Burns. We look forward to putting a contemporary spin on the celebrations.'