No sooner have we taken down the banners and packed away for this year's festival than it's time to start thinking about the next! And our 2014 festival will be very special indeed.
StAnza, we can now reveal, will be taking part in Homecoming Scotland 2014, a countrywide celebration which the First Minister, Alex Salmond, officially launched yesterday at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh. With 100 events announced, and more to come it is going to be an action packed calendar. Next year, of course, Scotland will also host both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
StAnza will be held next year from 5-9 March and is making its own Homecoming contributions as part of its festival programme - more will be revealed in the next few months. Suffice to say for now that we will be looking at what the concept of ‘home’ means to poets in Scotland and beyond. One of the festival's themes will be A Commonwealth of Poetry and there will be a focus on Poetry in Motion, all to celebrate through poetry the Commonwealth Games and Scotland’s cultural connections with the Commonwealth. Follow us on this Blog, on Facebook and Twitter for more developments.
First Minister Alex Salmond is joined by representatives from Homecoming 2014 events/photo VisitScotland
VisitScotland and EventScotland are working in partnership with the Scottish Government to deliver Homecoming 2014 - it will be an opportunity for communities nationally and internationally to explore Scotland and celebrate the very best of Scottish culture. The celebration will cover five themes: active, food and drink, creative, natural and ancestry and among the brand-new events planned are the John Muir Festival in East Lothian to herald the opening of the John Muir coast to coast route (Muir,who hailed from East Lothian, founded America's National Parks), the Forth Bridges Festival to mark its 50th anniversary, a spectacular Ryder Cup Opening Concert, the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in Moray, the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, the first World Sheepdog Trials in Tain and the European Festival of Brass based in Perthshire.
Find out more about these and other planned events at http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014/
Keep up with Homecoming news on Twitter: #homecoming2014