National Poetry Day 2021’s theme is ‘choice’, and Stanza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, invites you to choose us! The last two years have been challenging times but they have also provided a chance to dream – to imagine what might be possible as we look ahead, through and beyond the pandemic.
Not only do we hope to return to an in-person festival in March 2022 (festival title: Stories like starting points), we also plan to deliver this in hybrid form with at least 25 events livestreamed both in and out, further extending our international reach. December 2021 will see the launch of Well-versed, supporting the establishment of poetry reading groups across Scotland (and beyond), while in January 2022 we will launch a pilot for a new, online young people’s poetry writing programme called Scotland’s Young Makars!
StAnza’s aim is to become a key intervention in poetry: a forum for discussion about the form and its relationship with the wider world, with a commitment to enabling ever greater numbers to participate in poetry. In other words, while maintaining continuity with all that has come before, our inclination is to think big!
StAnza has chosen this moment to reach out, through our first ever crowdfunding appeal, for support. Over the years, we have achieved a vast amount on limited funds, but now we could do with a one-off boost. No matter how small or large your contribution, it will help provide:
- a solid foundation: for StAnza in the years ahead;
- a step-up: to help us realise our ambitions for poetry in Scotland and beyond;
- a helping hand: which we might reach out to those in areas of less artistic opportunity, and for Scotland’s poets of tomorrow;
- an open door: and all while keeping our ticket prices at a level that is accessible for all.
StAnza faces some difficult choices over the coming months – by choosing to support StAnza you will make these choices that little bit easier.