"SAnza for me always helps usher winter into the dark, and marks a door opening into the bigger light of spring."
With so many wonderful things already said or written about StAnza 2015 it's hard to pick favourites but this quote from Gerry Cambridge's Facebook post has to be amongst them.
Two weeks on and with the sun still shining and spring well and truly sprung, here at StAnza HQ we are still recovering from the wonderful buzz of the festival, so we have our feet up and a cup of tea in one hand as with the other we browse through the reviews and photographs which are piling up. A full Afterword with galleries of photographs and links will follow in due course – including, fingers crossed, the text from Glyn Maxwell’s sell-out lecture – but meantime we thought you might enjoy a sample of photographs plus links to various articles, reviews and blog posts already brought to our attention. If you know of more, do let us know. If you were at this StAnza this year we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and thanks for coming to be part of it. If you didn’t make it this year, here’s just a glimpse of what you missed. And there’s always next year. Meantime, before the links, here's another quote, this time from Kei Miller:
What an incredible festival StAnza continues to be! An overwhelming experience all around, the readings, the friendships, the wine - but the moment that I think will stay with me, the moment when for some inexplicable reason I choked up and had to look away, was the moment when the Catalan poet Josep Lluís Aguiló talked about the 'small' language he wrote in: 'I have no choice in the matter' he said, and then turning to his translator continued with such astounding vulnerability, perhaps unintentional but so to the point of it all.... 'I am in your hands.'
And so to the links. First of all, here’s a brilliant video collage of images from the opening night, from photographer Alistair Kerr.
Risk A Verse, photo by Helena Fornells
At the festival hub, by Alice Roberts
Stepping it out at the festival finale, photo by Terry Lee