As regular readers will know, this Blog goes into overdrive each March reporting on what’s happening and making sure anyone who can’t manage along to St Andrews at least gets a flavour of the festival, not only of the poetry and poets (not to mention the visual art, music, drama and film), but also all the fun in between events. While the past year has been particularly lively for the StAnza Blog — which of course has been the main vehicle for our popular Poetry Map of Scotland — blogging has always been a regular feature at StAnza festivals.
As well as our in-house blogger, many other regular bloggers attend the festival and put up posts later of their own StAnza experiences. We often provide links to these posts on our Afterword Page, along with other reviews and articles about the festival.
So this year we are taking that all one stage further. We’re delighted to announce that, with support from EventScotland, we’ve invited two acclaimed bloggers to come to St Andrews to be Bloggers in Residence at StAnza 2015. And to make it a hat-trick, we’ve also recruited a local Young Blogger for this year’s festival.
Fiona Moore is a poet and reviewer. She blogs at http://displacement-poetry.blogspot.co.uk. Her chapbook, The Only Reason for Time from HappenStance Press, was chosen as one of The Guardian’s Best Poetry Books for 2013, and she was voted Best Reviewer in the Saboteur Review awards in 2014. Fiona’s first blog post about StAnza is now online at the above link.
Susanne Arbuckle’s website at www.adventuresaroundscotland.com was only established in 2014 but it has already become one of the leading Scottish travel blogs and is currently rated in the top ten Scottish Blogs (from all genres) in the UK. She was one of the official bloggers for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Made in Scotland magazine has featured her as one of three 'never miss' Scottish Bloggers. Susanne’s first blog post about StAnza is online at www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/travel-blog
And we're delighted to announce that James T. Harding is returning to the in-house team for another festival. As well as ghosting each March as StAnza's own festival blogger, James is one half of Stewed Rhubard, a spoken-word poetry press which won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2013. He details his freelancing adventures in design and writing online at http://www.james-t-harding.com/
So for more on what they find to report when they get to StAnza, be sure to follow their posts over the next few weeks.