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It's everywhere! Thomas Lux on the state of poetry today

Photograph of Thomas Lux
Photograph of Thomas Lux

Acclaimed poet Thomas Lux shares his thoughts on the core question of this year’s SYMPOETRY: Poetry, who’s speaking? Who’s listening?

The Thursday Post: Measuring belonging, distance and love.

Award-winning poet John Glenday remembers his first encounter, and consequent friendship, with Zaffar Kunial, current Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Catch them both at the SPL on 23 October.

The Thursday Post: Resident Poet

We're re-starting our Poet-in-Residence programme to bring poets from around the world to Scotland. Learn who our first Poet-in-Residence is going to be, and how you can join in events we have planned around him.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 11 - 17 October

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, lungs, sound poetry and Rudyard Kipling.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 4 - 10 October

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, Shakespeare again, RS Thomas waits, and Kate Tempest remembers Derek Jarman.

Signed up

We are looking at equalities and access in the Scottish Poetry Library. The first artist residency, to help us explore how we could improve services for all library users, is with Kyra Pollitt, BSL interpreter and poetry researcher, and artist. She explains in our latest blog how she put together a film showcasing what BSL poetry can do.

The Thursday Post: Alasdair Reid 1926-2014

Alastair Reid © Gordon Wright (image used under strict permission)
Alastair Reid © Gordon Wright (image used under strict permission)

Friend of Robert Graves, translator of Neruda and Borges, and a damn fine poet and essayist in his own right - Alasdair Reid was some kind of a guy. SPL Director Robyn Marsack remembers Reid - and the night he set his own poetry on fire!

Poetry on Television and Radio, 27 September - 3 October

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, Roger McGough remembers, Pam Ayres is autumnal, while Kim Cattral and Simon Callow show their love for the bard.

The Thursday Post: Que sera...

For today’s blog, we realise readers of the blog might not want to get bogged down in a morass of prose. There are other things on all our minds. Inspiring words are what is needed, whatever side you’ve leaned towards. So, please enjoy a selection of excerpts from poems that remind us whatever happens, we'll all be living in the same country tomorrow, and that it belongs to all of us, Yes or No.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 20 - 26 September

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 shrews, the National Laureates, and Morgan Freeman is a good man turned bard.

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