Hello, StAnza!

March 18, 2010

We’re in the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Press and Media Manager Annie Kelly has let me hot desk (‘hot sofa’?) with her sexy MacBook to report on last night’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, which went with a wonderful swing. We started on the Bushmill’s supplied by the Irish Consulate at a 5pm reception, before moving to the Byre for the exhibitions’ launch – there are several going on around town, and this year’s artist in residence, the fabulous Jay Barnard, will be capturing the mood throughout on paper.

After a Few Words on the exhibitions from directorial team Eleanor Livingstone and Brian Johnstone, and remembrances of Byre experiences past from David Bruce, son of late poet George, Cahal Dallat booted up the accordian to play a few airs, telling me afterwards that he’d made his choices based on ones that have links with poets. We enjoyed a medley that included ‘Sally Gardens’ and ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’ among others. Delightful. Poet in residence for 2010, Kei Miller read a great poem about light, Anne-Marie Fyfe‘s pondered what it would be like to live in a house she sees from the train, and there were words from the Irish contingent through Minister for Health John Moloney, from sponsors Pagan Osborne and from the University’s Principal and Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson.

The first event! With the excellently shod Donegal man Matthew Sweeney and Galway based Moya Cannon! As John Moloney said in his speech, the Irish know how to party. Thus a very good beginning to an exciting weekend…

Missed yourself? Pop the kettle on and settle back, because with the StAnza podcasts, in the almost words of Aerosmith, you don’t have to miss a thing…

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