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Wednesday 27 February 2013

The setback of the Byre’s closure has triggered such an outpouring of goodwill and support for StAnza. We’re riding high on the crest of that, heading straight towards what we’re sure will be our best festival ever, and pleased to announce the final line-up of replacement venues now in place. Check out the updated programme online here for full details, or view our flyer/poster listing the new venues for all the events which had to be moved. Some of them are old favourites and others wonderful new discoveries.

There’s still just time to request a copy of this year’s brochure free by post. Email or telephone 01334 474610. The brochure is also available via the usual outlets, such as the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh or Visit Scotland at 70 Market Street, St Andrews.

This year’s festival hub will be in The Supper Room at the Town Hall on Queens Gardens. Here you’ll find our festival café and bar, and also the StAnza Box Office and our Festival Desk, where poets from as far away as Canada in one direction and Singapore in the other will be checking in. Be sure to drop in for lunch, dinner or for a coffee between events. The festival hub is always a great place to catch up with old friends and to make new ones, and will be this year’s venue for several late night Poetry Café events.

If you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to book your tickets. You can do this through Visit Scotland in St Andrews (see below), or online at A number of smaller events are already sold out, but with 101 events, exhibitions, installations and much more – almost half of them free, mostly unticketed – there’s still plenty on offer, so make sure you don’t miss out. Highlights in store include our US headliner, Mark Doty, leading poets from Canada, Scotland’s own Robin Robertson, a focus on Welsh poetry led by the National Poetry of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and our biggest ever spoken word/performance poetry line-up featuring John Hegley centre stage on the Saturday night and the young and talented Luke Wright.

Online ticket sales for StAnza 2013 events via Dundee Rep will stop at the end of this week. However it will still be possible to buy tickets by credit or debit card either in person or by phone or email from Visit Scotland in St Andrews. Contact them on 01334 474609 or, or drop in to see them at 70 Market Street, St Andrews. They will continue to sell some tickets for each event for which tickets are still available up until 4.45pm on the day before an event takes place, but main ticket sales during the festival will be at the festival Box Office in the Town Hall from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th March. There will also be a temporary Box Office at our venue for the Wednesday evening events, at the MBSB. We regret that the StAnza Box Office will only be able to accept payments by cash or cheque supported by bank card, but there are several cash machines/ATMs very close to the Town Hall.

The guest bloggers appearing this week here on the StAnza Blog will lead us up to the festival launch which takes place next Wednesday at the MBSB Theatre on the North Haugh. This is a free event so do come along to see this year’s special guest, Lesley Riddoch, cut the ribbon. It’s just 15 minutes walk from the town and car parking is easy near the MBSB.

And finally, if you haven’t yet booked your accommodation for next week, check out the accommodation page on our website and get yourself a room - before they’re all snapped up!