StAnza: the afternoon after the night before

March 22, 2010

I am sitting in the foyer of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. The bistro is closed and the place is deserted. What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, at the same time, there were clouds of people drifting around, chattering about events, reading the papers, drinking coffee, waiting for Linda Marlowe’s excellent one woman show of Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife, buying the last few tickets for Don Paterson and Vicki Feaver’s sold out 8pm performance. Trio Verso were sound checking, chef was roasting a fine side of beef for the poets’ dinner and the bar staff were stocking up for the finale party. We toasted outgoing director Brian Johnstone and callooed Eleanor Livingstone, who’s carrying on the baton, and stamped our feet to the music of Dry Island Buffalo Jump, St Andrew’s premier band comprised of academics.

We’ll be putting some pictures up over the next few days and reflecting more upon some of the events we saw and the wonderful people we met – best laid schemes ganged aft agley in the tempting swirl of poetry and hordes of exciting conversations. In the meanwhile, do check out the photo blog, a StAnza first, created by the indefatigable Vero, and the StAnza flickr stream, which will continue to grow over the days to follow. The StAnza podcasts are all live and ready to fill your ears with the stuff you may have missed too.

2 Responses to “StAnza: the afternoon after the night before”

  1. sunnydunny Says:

    One has blogged. One thinks this was the best StAnza ever. One is tired but still happy.

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