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The Thursday Post: Welcome to Fright Night

2009 Pumpkin Carving by Jill, under a Creative Commons licence
2009 Pumpkin Carving by Jill, under a Creative Commons licence

Halloween’s coming! Where better to celebrate it than at the Scottish Poetry Library? Our latest blog fills you in on the party we're holding on 31 October - and you're invited!

The Thursday Post: Watch This Space

Today, on National Poetry Day 2018, a ceremony took place to mark the tenth anniversary of the dedication of St Andrew Square as Edinburgh’s poetry garden, a city centre space for public enjoyment and quiet reflection. We recorded a mini-podcast about it with Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence.

The Thursday Post on NPD: Dr Wha materialises

With Jodie Whittaker, the first woman actor taking on the title role in its 55-year history, change is very much in the air – which chimes very nicely with National Poetry Day’s theme for 2018, which just happens to be ‘change’. Find out what we're doing to mark both occasions.

The Thursday Post for NPD: Changing Room Poetry

When we discovered that the theme for National Poetry Day 2018 is 'change', we came up with some ideas how to mark it. Our first thought involved gyms, changing rooms and mirrors. Find out how they came together in our 'transparent' new blog.

The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day 2018

National Poetry Day 2018 is less than a month away (Thursday, 4 October, to be exact). The Scottish Poetry Library is celebrating the big day in style, which we'll reveal over the next two weeks on our blog. Today, we're talking postcards.

The Thursday Post: The WHALE Truth

WHALE Arts poetry group meets twice a month to write and share poetry and prose. One participant has reached out to us and sent in a report on the group’s recent trip to the Edinburgh Art Festival and a poem it inspired.

The Thursday Post: Cyrano in Glasgow

This autumn, Edwin Morgan’s wickedly funny translation of Cyrano de Bergerac will be revived in a new co-production by National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. In our latest blog, Professor John Corbett explores the Glasgow-Scots at the heart of the play.

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust are pleased to announce that Roseanne Watt has won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018. Learn more about the winner and runner-up in our latest blog.

Winner of Scottish War Poets Memorial Poll Revealed

We have a result! Over the past two weeks, we asked you to take part in an online poll to choose whose words should be engraved on a new monument to commemorate Scotland's First World War poets. Our blog reveals the name of the winner.

The Thursday Post: To Learn the Future

Next week sees the publication of To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers, a pocket-sized book of poems that will be a gift from the education profession to all newly-qualified teachers in Scotland in 2018 and 2019. Learn more in our latest blog.

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