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StAnza: Afterword 2014

Photo: Alistair Kerr

Can I just say to anyone who has not made it yet: it is the best thing you will do
(Ellen McAteer)

In the year of Homecoming Scotland, it was wonderful for the festival to be back home in its regular hub venue at the Byre Theatre. There was unanimity on this amongst locals and visitors, performers and volunteers, and the general consensus was that this was ‘a vintage year’ for StAnza.  Poets from around the Commonwealth brought with them flavours of India, Africa, Canada and Jamaica to spice up this year’s programme, and joined poets from across Scotland, the UK and around the world, including  the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia and the USA. And to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, the legacy of the poetry from that war was recognised in a series of readings and events, including this year’s StAnza lecture from David Constantine, Past & Present sessions on war poets, and contributions from contemporary poets with experience of war.

This year’s opening event was a spectacular contemporary circus and modern dance interpretation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Playing to a packed theatre, the Square Peg circus troupe showed how poetry could spin and tumble, reach for the heights and walk the hire wire, accompanied by gasps from the audience.  Elsewhere, in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games, poetry was also walking, spinning and showing its form in events and installations around St Andrews, including a poetic tribute to Fife’s own twice Commonwealth Gold medallist, Phil Caira which was served up to a capacity crowd at Bayview where East Fife met Rangers in the festival week.  In all, we had six glorious days of poetry, conversation and celebration while the sun mostly shined. Thanks to our team of photographers, we’re delighted to be able to bring you a gallery of photographs to remind us of events and moments from around the festival. There are also links to reviews and other online festival coverage including podcasts from the festival which you’ll find by following the links below. We hope this will allow you to enjoy StAnza 2014 all over again, or perhaps get a flavour of it, if you didn’t manage this year.


Click the thumbnails to see each photo gallery.

Festival Launch
Festival & Exhibition Launches
Poets & Readings
Poets & Readings
Cabaret & Slam
Cabaret & Slam
Poets Market & <br>
            Book Signings
Poets Market &
Book Signings
Discussions, Talks <br>
	        & Conversations
Discussions, Talks
& Conversations
Audiences & Venues
Audiences &
Exhibitions & Installations
Interactive Events
Interactive Events
Around the Festival
Around the Festival


The First World War at Home and Abroad, by David Constantine [PDF]

Appendix to above lecture [PDF]

Films & Podcasts

Arts TV interview with artist Lucilla Sim

Arts TV interview with Eleanor Livingstone

Arts TV interview with Gill Plain

StAnza on STV news

Podcasts from StAnza

Reviews and Interviews

Some of the online articles and blogs:

StAnza festival: Fresh take on man's inhumanity
The Scotsman 10 March 2014

Stanza 2014: an enlightening examination of the poetry of war
The List 12 March 2014

Stanza 2014: Voicing the Past - their wars, your words
The List 12 March 2014

Dogs, Death and a Poetry Festival
The New Indian Express 16 March 2014

Twenty Moments from StAnza 2014
Surroundings  14 March 2014

Gabeba Baderoon: Interview at StAnza
Meander Magazine March 2014

When time stops, by Helena Nelson
HappenStance Blog 9 March 2014

A thousand words on StAnza, by Michael Pedersen
Birlinn Books Blog – 26 March 2014

StAnza 2014, A noise like the sea
Ellen McAteer Blog 11 March 2014

StAnza 2014: My highlights
Angela Topping Blog 16 March 2014

Wasn't that a time!
Burned Thumb  10 March 2014

StAnza 2014: Q &A with Eleanor Livingstone, Festival Director
The Skinny 05 March 2014

StAnza 2014: Q &As with Ross Sutherland and Sophia Walker
The Skinny 07 March 2014

StAnza poetry festival comes to a full-stop
The Courier  10 March 2014

StAnza poetry festival gets off to flying start
The Courier 06 March 2014

StAnza - Scotland's International Poetry Festival
TJ Dema: This too, is Africa 03 April 2014

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