Next Friday, on Burns Night, we will launch a new online anthology, available to read on our website for free: The Best of the Best Scottish Poems. What’s more, it has been edited by journalist and broadcaster James Naughtie
To mark Margaret Tait’s centenary this weekend, Gerda Stevenson reads three poems by Tait.
As a new production of a play about the Scottish war poet Charles Hamilton Sorley is staged, our latest blog takes a look at it and Neu! Reekie’s involvement.
One of the UK’s leading poets and dramatists Tony Harrison comes to Edinburgh ahead of a season of his rarely shown ‘film poems’ at Edinburgh Filmhouse. We have all the details in our latest blog.
When we discovered that the theme for National Poetry Day 2018 is ‘change’, we came up with some ideas how to mark it. Find out how they came together in our ‘transparent’ new blog.
The makers of a new book, Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain, must be among the few publishers ever to recommend burning the book – if your safety is endangered, anyway. Delivered to each of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain features contributions by many poets. In our new blog, the publishers discuss the book's genesis.
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A pretty seaside town 40 miles west of Glasgow, Helensburgh is an unlikely literary destination. Over 200 years ago Laird Colquhoun designed it and dedicated it to his wife Helen. Its planned origins can be seen in the grid arrangement of streets, neat as New York. From its shores Bute and the Irish Sea are visible, as is, ‘the wicked city’ of Greenock, as the poet WH Auden described it.
Alan Spence has been nominated to become the next Edinburgh Makar.
A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Communities Committee next week (Tuesday 12 September) recommends Spence as the next writer to be inaugurated as the Edinburgh Makar.
If you’re unaware of the work of the Poetry Book Society, now is the time to find out more. Founded in 1953 by no less a person than T.S. Eliot, with a little help from his friends, PBS is a poetry one-stop shop, providing readers with news, reviews and discounts. Each quarter, the PBS selects a new collection to be its featured title plus a number of other recommendations for readers.
A series of special events marking the 100th anniversary of the meeting of war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon takes place next week in Edinburgh, starting on 15 August.
On Tuesday, 29 August, 4pm, the Scottish Poetry Library will honour its founder, Tessa Ransford, with the unveiling of a special plaque, made by Beltane Studios in Peebles. Ransford’s family will be in attendance. The broader poetry community is welcome to attend.