Tuesday 31 December 2019

Artwork by Astrid Jaekel

We hope you are enjoying this holiday season and catching some of the glorious winter sunshine we’ve had here today. As we approach the end of 2019, we’d like to thank you for your continued interest and support in StAnza, without which we couldn’t achieve what we do.

Our box office online bookings begin on Tuesday 14 January. The first ticketed event at StAnza 2020 is on 4th March and the main festival runs from 4th to 8th March, but we are hoping to add in a further eve-of-festival event on 3 March so more information on that soon.

Meantime, we have been adding more events and poets and artists to the online programme since it was launched on 30th November, so do be sure to keep checking for the latest programme news. Further events will be posted over the next week or two. When you're relaxing over the holidays, why not spend some time checking through the core programme, and if you haven't yet booked your accommodation and travel, perhaps now is the time to do so. StayInStAndrews offer a one-stop shop for a huge range of accommodation in town, and advance rail tickets are now on sale for the festival dates.

You may have noticed already that we plan to arrange BSL interpretation or captioning for our Saturday Poetry Centre Stage event and would be happy to arrange this for other events on request. Full information on this can be found here.

We're delighted to be part of Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 programme, which begins tomorrow, and we'll have more information on that shortly. We'll also soon have information about our line-up for our Edinburgh Preview at the National Library of Scotland on 5 February, and about this year's pre-festival Book Group in St Andrews, so watch out for more news on all that's coming up.

Meantime, all that remains for the moment is for us to send you very best wishes for 2020 and to hope that it is kind to us all. There is a wonderful new moon shining in a perfectly clear sky above Fife. Let us hope that’s a good omen. To finish, here is a quote from one of our 2020 poets, Lachlan Mackinnon.

"I sat on a hillside, alone
with the universe, hugging my knees.
The moon looked good, shining down through the trees."

Lachlan Mackinnon From Doves (Faber, 2017)

Happy New Year!