With just a fortnight to go before the festival begins on 16th March, the excitement is building up and the final preparations are underway: thanks to the team of organisers and volunteers who are responsible for the smooth running of the festival. Launch night is always a draw for the crowds and this year’s line-up promises poetry and music – and a few surprises. The festival kicks off at 5.30pm with special guest BBC Scotland’s Tom Morton, who will introduce some of the poets: our first ever Gaelic Poet-in-Residence Maoilios Caimbeul, USA poet Kevin Young and Australia’s Lidija Simkute will provide a taster of the poetry feast to come. The Byre will be buzzing, enjoy live traditional music, or watch Poetry Theatre’s strolling players perform impromptu poems to order. This is also the first chance to view StAnza’s art exhibitions and meet the curators and some of the artists. Words and music, though, are the theme of the evening ahead, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and mezzo soprano Karen Cargill performing in a concert at the Younger Hall, and the Edinburgh’s Forest Café’s fabulous Golden Hour at the Byre Theatre.
Find out more about StAnza: Follow the Blog over the next two weeks for a glimpse of what’s on offer during the festival, including some surprise guest blogs from poets on our festival themes.