StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival
StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

Charity registered in Scotland SC031789

StAnza is Scotland’s annual international poetry festival, bringing poetry in all its forms and many languages to Scottish audiences and worldwide. Since the festival was founded by three local poets in 1998, StAnza has gained a truly international reputation. In 2021 our achievements were recognised when we won the Saboteur Award for Best Literary Festival in the UK.

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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Fife and the central belt
  • Closing 29th April 2022

StAnza, Scotland’s unique international poetry festival, is looking for new members to join the Board of Trustees. Having delivered a hugely stimulating hybrid festival this year, StAnza is at an exciting time in its development, entering a changed and challenging arts environment under its Festival Director, Lucy Burnett.

We are aiming for inclusivity, richness of experience and diversity to ensure a StAnza Board of Trustees that reflects the diversity of contemporary society. We would expect most applicants to have an active interest in poetry, whether as writers or readers, and we value knowledge of and contacts in the Scottish poetry scene within its broader UK & international contexts

Specifically, we seek new trustees who can complement our existing board of trustees in these fields:

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising, audience development & commercial partnerships / opportunities
  • Working with young people & schools
  • Environmental issues in an arts context
  • Digital arts.

We are looking for people to fill two posts in particular:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary.

The Board meets 4/5 times a year, generally alternating between St Andrews and Edinburgh, although at present meeting by Zoom. It is currently chaired by Dr Robyn Marsack, who would welcome inquiries from those interested in joining the Board. (Marjorie Lotfi will become Chair from May 2022.)

This vacancy has now closed

Communications Officer

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • remote working is the norm for us, with most meetings held online. Occasional staff meetings will be held in Edinburgh, and the entire team moves to St Andrews for the week of the festival.
  • Closing 26th September 2022

We are looking for an excellent communicator and creative thinker with experience in traditional and digital communications and an interest in the arts, to take up the freelance role of Communications Officer of StAnza, producer of Scotland’s annual international poetry festival and associated activities.

Held every year in St Andrews, StAnza celebrated its 25th festival last year, re-framed by the new Artistic Director as an ‘intervention’ in poetry, committed to exploring questions at the forefront of poetry and its role in the world, and delivered in hybrid form. At the same time, two new outreach programmes were launched, aimed at engaging and encouraging new audiences.

Building on the successful delivery of this ambitious new direction, we are now undertaking an organisational restructure to ensure that StAnza has the capacity to develop our activities over the coming years. As part of this we are recruiting a Communications Officer, who will support the Artistic Director and Operations Manager with spreading the word about StAnza’s activities and initiatives, (re)engaging existing attendees and developing new audiences.