StAnza: The People

Lucy Burnett in a grey v-neck jumper and jeans, standing against a black backgroundFestival Director: Lucy Burnett

Press & Media Manager: Louise Robertson

Programme Co-ordinator: Annie Rutherford

Lucy Burnett is a freelance writer and artist. She has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at various universities, as Centre Director of Arvon Lumb Bank, in arts marketing for Catstrand Theatre, and as an environmental campaigner. She has four published books, two poetry collections with Carcanet Press (2013 & 2019), a further collection with Guillemot Press (2021), and a hybrid travel novel with Knives Forks and Spoons (2017).

Annie Rutherford

Perry Jonsson

Annie Rutherford co-founded the literary magazine Far Off Places and the Poetree Festival in Göttingen, Germany. She also writes and translates. Hydra's Heads, her translation of the selected poems of Nora Gomringer, appeared with Burning Eye Books in 2018.

Louise Robertson is with the communications company, Message Matters. She studied tourism management and journalist at Napier University. She has worked in broadcast journalism and PR work since 2001, including work for other festivals and as Head of Public Affairs for an animal welfare charity.

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC
Professor Douglas Dunn
Professor Kathleen Jamie
Billy Kay

Honorary Presidents:
Anna Crowe
Brian Johnstone




Lewis Camley: Joined StAnza Board in 2021. Lewis is a young professional with ten years’ experience working in arts organisations across Scotland, including The Byre Theatre in St Andrews, and in his current role of 5 years as the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Marketing Manager.

Drew Clegg (Secretary): Joined StAnza Board in 2003; Chair 2004-6, during which StAnza gained charitable status as a limited company. Retired as Managing Director of Errol Developments Ltd, a brick production company, in 2005.

Dr Jane Feaver: Joined StAnza Board in 2021. Jane was formerly Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber and CEO at Farms for City Children. She became a programmer of Dartmoor’s literary festival, Chagword, and has recently been a Trustee of Kneehigh Theatre, with special responsibility for equality and diversity.


Dr Kate Hendry: joined the StAnza Board in 2018. Kate teaches English; previously in prisons, further and higher education, currently in a secondary school. She was reader-in-residence at the NLS and reading group facilitator at the Scottish Poetry Library. She has co-edited three SPL anthologies: for prisoners, doctors and teachers. Her own poetry is published by Happenstance Press.

Dr Tom Jones: Joined StAnza Board in 2010. Lecturer in the School of English, St Andrews University; teaches eighteenth-century poetry, fiction and philosophy, as well as poetic theory and practice across a broader historical range.

Marjorie Lotfi: Joined StAnza Board in 2021. Marjorie is the co-founder, Development Director and Board Member of Open Book, a charity that works in community settings across Scotland, using literature to create human connections and amplify marginalized voices. The former Chair of Wigtown Book Festival.

Dr Robyn Marsack, FRSE (Chair): Joined StAnza Board 2017. Publishers’ editor, translator and critic, she was Director of the Scottish Poetry Library 2000-2016. Currently Member of the Board of Directors of Carcanet Press, Forward Arts Foundation, Edwin Morgan Trust.

Erin McElhinney: Joined StAnza Board in 2021. Erin is the CEO of Truffle Pig, a fundraising and organisational development consultancy. She has worked in the arts and third sector in Scotland for just over 20 years and has long been an EDI advocate in her personal and professional life.

Amina Shah is National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland. She previously worked at the University of St Andrews, Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Library & Information Council. Amina is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University's School of Cultural and Creative Business.

Bob Steel (Treasurer): Joined StAnza Board in 2014. Retired chartered accountant and former managing partner at Henderson Loggie CA.



Some of the StAnza team sharing a joke with Jay Parini
Photo: Al Buntin


Margaret Jarvis
Jean Johnstone
Andy Jackson
Robin MacKenzie
Peter Jarvis
Jim Carruth
Jenny Elliott
Julia Prescott
Colin Mackay
Brian Johnstone
Barbara Davey
Helen Nicholson
Annie Leverton
Michael Grieve
Eleanor Livingstone

StAnza - Scotland's Poetry Festival - is a private company limited by guarantee and registered under the Companies Acts (Registered No. SC253342). Recognised by the Inland Revenue as a Scottish Charity (Charity No. SC 031789) and regulated by OSCR, the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator . StAnza is a fully independent festival usually funded by Creative Scotland, with contributions from Fife Council and the University of St Andrews.