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StAnza: Afterword 2011

Photo: Long Nguyen

Two very different strands at this year’s festival gave StAnza 2011 its distinctive celebratory flavour. Our focus on Gaelic to mark the Sorley MacLean centenary was a feast for the ears with Gaelic voices and Gaelic music spilling out of events and rising to the rafters; and in Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, there was plenty of the best of both on offer in our enhanced Café Poetry series of events and more generally around the festival.

Here’s a reminder of what was on the menu in March – everything from cheese and wine to scones and haggis stovies accompanying five glorious days of poetry, conversation and celebration. With more events on the programme than ever before, there was plenty to remember so we’re delighted to have a whole gallery of photographs – formal images from events but also intimate moments from around the festival – as well as links to reviews, podcasts, videos and other online festival coverage, all guaranteed to whet your appetite for next year.


See the StAnza 2011 photo gallery

Videos & Podcasts

Adnan al-Sayegh with Stephen Watts

In Celebration of Harvey Holton

(recorded by Al Innes & Colin Fraser, produced by Colin Fraser)

Scottish Poetry Library Reading Room Podcasts
(recorded by Al Innes & Colin Fraser, produced by Colin Fraser, introduced by Ryan Van Winkle)

with Kevin Young

with Bob Holman

with Philip Gross

Reviews and Interviews

Some of the online blogs and reviews:

The StAnza Festival's 60-plus events cover every form of poetry, but there was one reading that rose above all others
The Scotsman, 23 March 2011

StAnza 2011 - Kevin Young and Gawain Douglas
The List, 7 April 2011

StAnza 2011 Festival round up
The List, 31 March 2011

StAnza 2011 - New poetry showcases impress
The List, 31 March 2011

Report from the StAnza Poetry Festival 2011 + other posts
Surroundings: Rob Mackenzie, 28 March 2011

StAnza 2011: Hats and tin whistles + other posts
Stephanie Green's Blog/Journal, 2 April 2011

One Night StAnza
The Bell Jar: Jo Bell, 22 March 2011

StAnza 2011 and States of Independence 2
Polyolbion: Matt Merritt, 21 March 2011

A Poetic Weekend
Burned Thumb at Lúcháir: Elizabeth Rimmer, 22 March 2011

StAnza 2011
Poetry in Progress: Marion McCready, 21 March 2011

An Ex-Pat Reports on StAnza
Scottish Review of Books: Duncan Gillies MacLaurin, 21 March 2011


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