Author waxes lyrical over poetry festival

1111070 SSHC tom morton 'BBC Journalist & Presenter Tom Morton launching 2011 Stanza at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews
1111070 SSHC tom morton 'BBC Journalist & Presenter Tom Morton launching 2011 Stanza at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews
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StAnza has now got under way with author and broadcaster Tom Morton officially launching this year’s event.

Scotland’s international poetry festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 1998 when a few poets would get together with some enthusiasts for readings.

After the opening event at the Byre Theatre, Tom Morton explained why he got involved this year.

“To see poetry performed is always a real joy for me, any situation where that is happening is just great,” he said.

“Being brought up in Ayrshire I had Robbie Burns rammed down my throat and I do write a bit of poetry myself, mostly humorous, and mostly just for my own amusement.

“I know St Andrews well and it has so much going for it. It’s a beautiful location and it has a great history but this is my first time here for StAnza so I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole festival works.”