StAnza sets up stall

Sunday 30 October 2011

Fife Book Fair

StAnza had a presence in Dunfermline last weekend at the Fife Book Fair which took place in the lovely conservatory annex to the Tiffany cafe in the Carnaigie Hall overlooking the Forth road and rail bridges. Excellent coffee, tea and cakes were consumed with enthusiasm as people came in to browse, and it was nice to see plenty of familiar faces on the other stalls. On the StAnza stall were supplies of our flyer for StAnza 2012, vibrant in its blue and black, but there was also interest in the few remaining copies of Skein of Geese, our anthology from the 100 Poets event which celebrated our 10th anniversary back in 2007. The anthology has been a regular seller at the festival each year and it's rather sad that we're now down to the last half dozen copies. And as ever, there was huge enthusiasm for the poems-for-all "sma buiks" left over from March.

By Leaves We Live

Yesterday was the turn of the annual By Leaves We Live book fair at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.

Once again StAnza set up stall along with dozens of book and magazine publishers. It was a lively day. The sun shone (mostly) making the library shelves gleam and the library staff were on hand to assist, providing stands, blue tack and access to their kitchen for reviving cups of tea. After the doors opened at 11am people came in good numbers, books and magazines were bought, flyers passed from hand to hand, and interesting conversations took place - in the library and also in the coffee house next door which turned into a regular Poetry Cafe for the day.

There were also formal talks in the library every hour on the hour throughout the afternoon, with standing room only for some. Once again the "sma buiks" were hugely popular and fortunately poems-for-all's Richard Hansen was on hand to replenish our depleted stocks.