Welcome on Board (pun intended)

Thursday 1 July 2021
StAnza is thrilled to announce the appointment of four new Trustees to our Board, following a successful open-recruitment call. We also wish to take the chance to thank our outgoing trustees for many years of wonderful service to the festival.
 
StAnza co-founder Anna Crowe is amongst those departing, alongside Maureen Jack, Shona Munro, Kathryn Ross and Bob Steel. We cannot thank them enough for the energy, time and commitment they have provided over the years, and wish them well in whichever new ventures they become involved!
 
Yet while we are sad to see such stalwarts of StAnza go, we couldn't have been more pleased with the calibre of applicant we received, and to now welcome Lewis Camley, Marjorie Lotfi, Jane Feaver and Erin McElhinney to StAnza (a new treasurer will be appointed later this summer). As the biographies below illustrate, they bring a vast amount and range of collective and individual skills and experience, which we don't doubt will prove invaluable during exciting times of transition and change at StAnza, and as we look towards and beyond our 25th anniversary festival in 2022.
 
Welcome! Fàilte! Hailsin!
 
 

Lewis Camley

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. At EIBF he contributed to the Festival’s successful digital pivot in 2020 by research, collaboration and initiating online engagement, drawing on his own interests as a digital native. Within the Marketing team he leads the community engagement work, which focuses on bringing arts events and opportunities to deprived areas of Scotland. A devotee of StAnza since his undergraduate days in St Andrews, Lewis says: ‘I admire StAnza’s approach to inclusive, international programming, its commitment to poets, and its deep connection to the local community as well as a global audience. I bring the expertise and energy to supplement and develop these aspects of the Festival.’

 

Dr Jane Feaver

During the 1990s Jane was Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber and maintains connections with several of the Estates of Faber poets. In 2001, she joined Farms for City Children in Devon. She was taken on initially to raise the £350-£400,000 needed each year, but after six months was promoted to Chief Executive, with continuing responsibility for fundraising and responsibility for about 60 staff. After 5 years she left to work on her writing, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter, remaining a Trustee of FCC. She became a programmer of Dartmoor’s biennial literary festival, Chagword, which received grant funding from Arts Council England, regularly turning a profit. She has recently been a Trustee of Kneehigh Theatre, with special responsibility for equality and diversity. Now living in Edinburgh, and having recently published her fourth novel, Jane feels she ‘could make a committed contribution based on the experience I’ve had, in the literary world and as a Trustee on other charitable boards.’

 

Marjorie Lotfi

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. She has proven experience leading third-sector organisations in the areas of strategy, development and delivery, building on a background in engagement and New York corporate law. A poet herself, she draws on personal experience of leaving Iran as a child to help others develop their own voices. She will be stepping down from her current role as Chair of the Wigtown Festival Company Board. Marjorie says that ‘in addition to attending StAnza as an audience member, I’ve read my own work as part of a showcase, been a poet on the TheoArtistry project, led a public writing workshop, run schools workshops several years, and brought our Open Book readers to events. I’ve been involved with StAnza in a variety of roles and am now keen to support its work’ by joining the Board.

 

Erin McElhinney

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, holding a wide variety of roles – arts journalist; event producer; head of digital and marketing; literature officer with Creative Scotland and now fundraiser – across several artforms: performing arts, literature, theatre, film and digital. She has been an EDI advocate in her personal and professional life for many years, for instance working on the Glasgow Women’s Library on the Equality in Progress project. Erin also offers digital and professional fundraising experience to StAnza, and remarks that ‘Despite being perceived as “small”, the festival’s reach is impressive, with a commitment to using an international lens that brings enormous value to the poetry scene in Scotland; whilst the enthusiastic embracing of cross-artform projects is progressive and exciting.’

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