WHALE Arts poetry group meets twice a month to write and share poetry and prose. It’s free to attend and WHALE provides refreshments. It’s a friendly, social and supportive group and you don’t need any experience to join.
Ladies and gentlemen what you are looking at is the last copy of Tools of the Trade in stock.
No matter how swift Usain Bolt was on the track, he can’t compete with time itself. Is it really four years since Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games? Four years since the dancing teacakes of the opening ceremony?
On Saturday, 24 March, 2pm, the young women of the Youth Community Support Agency’s group, Clt Alt Del, will be joined by their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed, to share work generated in a project supported by the SPL. It’s terribly important to support these young women, for the reasons outlined below by Clare McBrien, who is YCSA’s Programme Lead.
Doctors with patient, 1999 by Seattle Municipal Archives, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Harriet Tubman slave statue in Harlem. Tubman was one of the few female Black American Abolitionists in the 1840s and 1850s. Harlem New York by denisbin, under a Creative Commons licence
In 2018, the Scottish Poetry Library and Open Book are running a flagship residency project in Wester Hailes in partnership with WHALE Arts. This pilot project has emerged from WHALE’s Creative Connected Community Project supported by the Big Lottery which has a focus on creative place making in Wester Hailes.
Image: SAD_Hortons_Kids 104 by US Department of Education, under a Creative Commons licence
Teachers often get a rough time of it, whether from misbehaving pupils, anxious parents, trimmed budget or ambitious targets. Who could blame a teacher for wondering why they got into the profession?
Time – like poetry, and, perhaps, a few poets – is precious. What we do with it matters. We work, we live, we sleep – and we play. Hobbies, pastimes, interests – call it what you like, but many of us use our spare time to pursue a passion. From drama groups to cosplay, salsa dancing to watercolours, Scots spend their time pursuing a mindboggling number of activities.
Dr John Gillies OBE FRCGP FRCPE is a medical doctor who is former chair of the Scottish Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and co-editor of the SPL's anthology for newly graduating doctors Tools of the Trade, alongside Dr Lesley Morrison, Revd Ali Newell and Kate Hendry. Here, he discusses talking in Finland recently about his experiences of editing the anthology and using poetry in medicine.
It feels good to have my feet back on Scottish soil as I’ve been dashing about recently, with trips to Malta, Russia and Norway. The trip to Malta was to visit the Inizjamed: Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2016. This festival is one of the 16 partners in the Literary Europe Live (LEuL) platform which we are part of, and it was wonderful to visit to see how they run their week of intensive translation workshops with poets writing in many d
Tools of the Trade: Poems for new doctors is a compact little book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It started in 2014 out of a swell of support and kindness from doctors themselves, and some of the people who care about them, and was given free to all medical students on or around their graduations in Scotland in 2014 and 2015.