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StAnza: Afterword 2010

Photo: Iain Gray

Every StAnza has its own character and atmosphere. From ‘the singing festival’, my first as a Director in 2001, when many of the guest poets punctuated their readings with song, to last year’s Homecoming festival, where we set the matchhead Burns alight, all have been different and distinct. If there is one thing that characterised 2010 it must be how busy the entire festival was, so perhaps ‘the StAnza that went like a fair’ would be apt! 

Writing this in my last two weeks in post as Festival Director, I am delighted to have one of the best ever festivals to look back on, and such a line up to remember!  Few StAnzas have boasted a group of poets so much to my own personal taste and, judging by the crowds, to the taste of our audiences too.  So now it is time for you to sit back and enjoy the podcasts, photo galleries and feedback from early spring and for me to thank everyone who has ever attended StAnza for helping make the festival the success it is today.

Brian Johnstone, Festival Director


See the StAnza 2010 photo gallery


StAnza 2010 day-by-day podcasts
(produced by Colin Fraser with incidental music by Ewen Maclean)

Scottish Poetry Library Reading Room podcast
(with Karen Solie and others)

Scottish Poetry Library Reading Room podcast
(with Dennis O'Driscoll and Penelope Shuttle)

Reviews and Interviews

What an amazing, memorable festival StAnza 2010 was - and we are not the only ones who think so! Here are some of the best online blogs and reviews:

StAnza 18/3/10: Seamus, myth and magic
Scottish Poetry Library, 19 March 2010

StAnza 2010 - An evening with Seamus Heaney
The List, 22 March 2010

StAnza festival plunders the myth kitty to great effect
The Scotsman, 23 March 2010

StAnza Poetry Festival: David Robinson
The Scotsman, 24 March 2010

My StAnza International Poetry Festival 2010
Magma Poetry Online, 25 March 2010


Read the StAnza 2010 Lecture [PDF]

Read the StAnza 2010 Afterword Poems [PDF]

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