Good morning. First of all, a quick reminder about our free Edinburgh Preview event which this year will take place in an early afternoon slot at 2pm on Tuesday 5th February at the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge. Do come along if you can to hear about this year’s festival and enjoy a few taster poets from three of this year’s poets – Diana Hendry, Lisa Fannen and Joe with the Glasses – and a song or two from Megan D, who will be part of this year’s opening night programme in March. You can reserve a seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And of course, if you come along on Tuesday, you’ll be first to see our new-look StAnza brochure which we will be collecting from the printers on Tuesday morning, hot from the press.
If you can’t come on Tuesday but are on our postal mailing list for the StAnza brochure, then it will be winging its way to you over the next week or so. If you are not on that list, can’t easily pick up a copy where you are and would like us to post you a copy, please email us on email@example.com.
Meantime, this year’s pre-festival Book Group had our first very enjoyable session last Thursday, with fascinating discussions about the poems of Ishion Hutchinson and Liz Berry. We have one more to come, again at the Golf Museum Café and the next on Wednesday 13th February from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. It’s also free so do join us if you can to read and discuss some of the poets appearing at this year's festival.
As ever, none of the above would be possible without the support we get from our funders, sponsors and supporters. We manage to do a lot on a fairly small budget, and want to keep the festival affordable and accessible to everyone, so every pound of support helps. If you would like to help ensure that we can deliver all our plans for this year and continue after that, and could offer some support either as a single donation or a regular one, every pound would be hugely appreciated. You can donate anything from £1 using the donate button on the home page of our website, or anything from £2 via our LocalGiving page here. If you are a UK tax payer, on the LocalGiving page you can also click the gift aid box and help us even more, at no cost to yourself. If you appreciate what StAnza offers, please do think about helping us
Finally more reminders. Firstly, you only have a few more days to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount which ends soon; and if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet for March, you might want to see what Stay In St Andrews can suggest.