Marching into Spring

In the last e-bulletin of winter, we’ve also got a fantastic free ticket offer from the StAnza Poetry Festival, plus your chance to win the latest YA novel from Geek Girl creator Holly Smale.

Free Tickets to StAnza Poetry Festival

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Val McDermid, Sunday at 3.30pm, Desert Island Poems.

StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus. Taking place from 5 – 8 March 2020, it’s the place to hear your favourite poets, discover new voices and enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews. The 2020 Festival features more than 100 events involving readings, performances, discussions and poetry inspired exhibitions, based on the themes Coast Lines and Due North.  Our friends at StAnza are offering Book Festival e-bulletin subscribers a pair of free tickets to each of the events listed below. To claim the offer, email

Thursday 5 March
1.00pm: Poetry Café – Angie Strachan and Colin Bramwell
3.30pm: StAnza 2020 Lecture with Matthew Caley
Saturday 7 March
1.00pm: Poetry Café: Tony Walsh
3.30pm: Songs My Enemy Taught Me
8.00pm: Poetry Centre Stage – D.A. Powell and Mimi Khalvati
10.15pm: The StAnza Slam with MC Katie Ailes
Sunday 8 March

3.30pm: Desert Island Poems with Val McDermid
5.00pm: Poetry Centre Stage – Wendy Cope
8.00pm: Hamish Matters

Find the full programme for StAnza 2020 at

Leave a Legacy

Our supporters help inspire readers and writers all over Scotland; in fact, their donations amount to an incredible 50% of our running costs, allowing us to invest in the world of words, bringing authors and audiences together to celebrate a love of reading and literature.  By remembering the Book Festival in your Will, you can help us deliver over 250,000 potentially life-changing experiences each year, to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Find out more about leaving a legacy gift by visiting the website.

Competition Time

Holly Smale is the brilliant mind behind the bestselling Geek Girl series. Last year, The 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner released her latest young adult novel, Happy Girl Lucky; the first in a heart-warming series following the three Valentine sisters. To win a copy of the book, simply answer this question:
What is the name of the main character in the Geek Girl series?

Email your answer, along with your name and address, to by 5pm on Thursday 27 February. Good luck!

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