Carolyn Forché at StAnza: photos by David Vallis Photography

Saturday 4 July 2020

(c) David Vallis Photography

Selecting photographs from the festival to share is usually a post-festival highlight for us. This year it has been a bittersweet experience, remembering those wonderful poets, events and moments from StAnza 2020, aware how much things have changed since then - and the change began just a couple of weeks after our festival finale, feeling so sorry for other festivals which couldn't go ahead as planned, and sorry too that we haven't been able to attend them. However, hearing how memories of this year's festival have sustained people through the hard months ahead has been poignant and heartwarming, and of course we want to share these photographs with them and with everyone. So, we're creating our usual flickr gallery and you'll soon be able to re-live the whole festival there.

And this year, instead of just sharing the photographs, we'd like to offer a bit more of a taste of some of those amazing events in early March, starting with the wonderful Carolyn Forché who gave us such a memorable Poetry Centre Stage performance. Here are photographs of that, but also a link to Carolyn reading once of the poems she read for us, so you can hear her voice as you enjoy the photographs, and thanks to David Vallis Photography for them. 

Carolyn Forché reads The Boatman

You can read more about Carolyn Forché here, and find more of her poems here. And if you didn't manage to get a copy in March, you can buy her latest collection, In the Lateness of the World, from StAnza's booksellers, J & G Innes. If you can't get to the shop, email them at and they can order it for you and post it out!