StAnza is about to take off! The final preparations are being made at the Byre Theatre for this evening's launch and the first of the festival events. In just a few hours, the theatre will be filled with poetry, music and the lively mix of poets, artists, and poetry fans that makes the festival such a unique and convivial experience. BBC Scotland's Tom Morton will be the special guest at our 5.30 launch and will introduce some of the poets: our first ever Gaelic Poet-in-Residence Maoilios Caimbeul, USA poet Kevin Young and Australia’s Lidija Simkute.
Covering StAnza happenings will be our guest blogger Peggy Hughes (above left), who works at the Scottish Poetry Library, arguably one of the hippest literary libraries in the world - and they do a mean afternoon tea, too. Peggy will be casting a keen and highly amused eye over what goes on at StAnza – she’s going to cover a variety of events and snatch some micro-interviews with Stanza poets and people at the festival. And there’ll be a section about books: books we couldn’t put down; books to recommend; ‘a book I couldn’t finish’; books people wish were back in print and opinions about e-books.
Experience the best of festival via the StAnza Blog over the next few days and tell us what you think. We will also be active on Twitter, Flickr and on Facebook.