During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. Marjorie Gill, the collection's editor, blogs about it for the SPL.
Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of poet and novelist George Mackay Brown's death. James Robertson blogs for us about the enduring appeal of Mackay Brown and a new project that pairs the poet's words with new illustrations.
On 10 August, the SPL hosts its first Open Book, an all-poetry shared reading group. During the weekly sessions on Wednesdays (1pm), the group will discuss poetry and listen to it read aloud by an expert who will guide the discussion. Find out more in our blog.
Our Jennifer traveled to Montreal recently as part of the second leg of an exchange trip with Canadian authors. Here, she writes about the experience of reading at a Festival where she didn't speak the language.
EIBF programme launch 05 by byronv2, under a Creative Commons licence
How much are we looking forward to the poetry events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival? Reader, there isn’t a scale upon which our excitement can be registered. We can merely list the many, many events that feature poetry and marvel.
Beata the lollypop lady, one of Edinburgh's unsung heroes
Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca has hit upon a great idea - an anthology of poems praising the people whose jobs are essential to the running of a city but whom are never thought of to be praised. In our latest blog, she explains how she came upon the idea for Edinburgh Unsung.