We have been shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Gavin Wallace, head of literature at Creative Scotland, and before that for many years at the Scottish Arts Council. He was hugely supportive in the early years of StAnza and played a considerable part in establishing the festival as a major event in Scotland's cultural calendar. Gavin's committed support for StAnza over many years was generously given and greatly valued by us all. The untimely death of such a cultured friend to poetry is a great loss for Scottish literature. He will be sorely missed here as elsewhere, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and to his many friends and colleagues.