Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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The Thursday Post: Team Work

To mark the the handover from Glasgow to Queensland of the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's Makar Liz Lochhead and Glasgow's Poet Laureate Jim Carruth have collaborated on a poem. They talk about the process, and SPL Director Robyn Marsack marks the end of the Glasgow Games.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 2 - 8 August

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Commonwealth poetry postcards, World War One, and Betjeman goes pop with Jarvis Cocker.

Postcards from the Commonwealth

During our Commonwealth Poets United project, twelve poets have made twelve visits to seven Commonwealth nations. Now the postcards are here! Want a look?

Poetry on Television and Radio, 26 July - 1 August

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Seamus Heaney on Beowulf, Jarvis Cocker on John Betjeman, and Liz Lochhead performs in Glasgow.

The Thursday Post: No laurels needed?

Our Director, Robyn Marsack, reflects on the importance of two recent Makar appointments: the new Laureates of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Thursday Post: Commonwealth Word Games

Over the 11 days the Games take place, poets from around the UK and the world are coming to Scotland – and the Scottish Poetry Library is playing its part in helping to supply the Games’ cultural side. Want to know what's on? Read this blog.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 12 - 18 July

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Derek Walcott in St Lucia, Jackie Kay in Glasgow, and Stanley Baxter in the role of Robert Burns!

The Thursday Post: Tools of the Universal Trade

At the end of May, all the graduating medical students in Scotland – just over 900 of them – were offered a free copy of the anthology Tools of the trade: poems for new doctors. Find out more about this unique collaboration involving the SPL and GPS - and how readers made it possible.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 5 - 11 July

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Lenny Henry versus Bob Dylan, Doctor Zhivago, and ou est John Hengley?

The Thursday Post: Bannockburn, then and now

SPL Director Robyn Marsack pays a visit to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, and finds herself moved by the landscape, the battle commemorations - and a poem by Kathleen Jamie.

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