StAnza begins…

March 18, 2009

We’re in the Byre Theatre; the Inklight Poets are roaring below, we’ve just had a night of Burns and sex, and the launch went off with a blast. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so many people crammed into the Byre; we tried to count, but got lost at 160 heads. There was poetry from Kate Clanchy and Bill Manhire, A Few Words from First Minister Alex Salmond, and welcomes from StAnza directors Brian Johnstone and Eleanor Livingstone. David Mach took to the outdoor stage to set light to the heid o Burns with a lit cigarette. It was all very magical. Do follow us on twitter, and listen to our lovely podcasts, which feature much chat direct from the scene, including an incendiary interview with David Mach, and a direct account of the festival launch…

Festival Director Brian Johnstone, Robert Burns, First Minister Alex Salmond, Artistic Director Eleanor Livingstone. Photo kindly donated by Madras student Bryndis Blackadder

Festival Director Brian Johnstone, Robert Burns, First Minister Alex Salmond, Artistic Director Eleanor Livingstone. Photo kindly donated by Madras student Bryndis Blackadder

In other words, we’ve had a very lovely encounter with the Poetry Theatre people, aka Ruth Frame and David Campbell, who performed Hamish Henderson’s flichting on life and death: lovely chats with Kate Clanchy and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch (whose Not In These Shoes featured in our New Books group) and had a grand lasagne courtesy of the Byre Theatre.

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