March 2015 dawns here bright and sunny. Only three days to go until this year’s festival launches and there was a real buzz amongst the StAnza team and volunteers at our pre-festival meeting yesterday in St Andrews. And we've news on a new event and some information about a couple of small programme changes.
One of this year’s festival themes is on islands, and we’re also teaming up with Green Week in St Andrews. At last year’s climate change summit at the UN, a poet from the Marshall islands read a poem about the threat to small islands from rising sea levels, so in solidarity for those at risk from this and as a surprise additional short event, from 12.40pm to 12.50pm at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on 7th March, we too shall read a poem about the threat to small islands from rising sea levels and some of the islands at risk. This new event is scheduled not to clash with any other ticketed events and will only last 10 minutes, in the Byre garden if the weather is fine, otherwise in the theatre.
Here are a couple of small updates on events in the programme. We’re glad to say that the delay in publication of the new Luath Press anthology, Like Leaves in Autumn, will not affect the planned event on Saturday 7th March. It’s a free event with wine kindly donated by the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh, and the editors of Like Leaves in Autumn and a selection of the poets who feature in it will be reading poems from the book.
Also on 7th March, for those looking forward to our Saturday morning Past & Present event, this will feature readings of selected Russian poetry from the past two centuries from poet and translator Peter Daniels and Boris Dralyuk, co-editor of the new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry. Alas Robert Chandler will not now be able to join them or the many poets, performers and artists – well over 100 by now – not to mention the publishers, translators, editors and other festival directors who are packing their bags and getting ready to head for St Andrews. Some of the furthest travelled are already on their way and I hope you will be here as well. If you still need to book your festival tickets, you can do so online or by telephoning 01334 475000. If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation, check out our accommodation page and if you’re looking for information on how to get here, see our travel page.