in the press

31 03 2010

…This year StAnza acquired its own unofficial one man Fringe: Andrew Newman, a therapist from Edinburgh decided to support the cause of poetry and the Haiti Earthquake disaster appeal by becoming a ‘poem-catcher’. He asked passers-by in St Andrews to donate a short poem and on the first day, collected 58. By the following afternoon, he had 38 more. Some of the visiting poets were spotted writing poems for Andrew. The youngest person to donate one was a five-year-old boy. At last reckoning the number was in the hundreds. The plan, he hopes, is to compile them in book form and sell copies, the proceeds going to the Haiti appeal.

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