The John Mather Trust is offering poets based in the West of Scotland a chance to apply for £500 each. The Trust has given the SPL a grant which they’ve asked us to pass on to two promising poets who could use a financial boost. Want to learn more? Read our blog.
Image: Give U a Big Smile by Aikawa Ke, under a Creative Commons licence
2016 was a year many lost hope. We asked a selection of poets to name something that gave them hope this year or that they’re looking forward to in 2017. Here’s what Christine De Luca, Ryan Van Winkle, Claire Askew, Andrew McMillan, Jenny Lindsay, Niall Campbell and Vahni Capildeo had to say.
Today the SPL bids the fondest of farewells to one of our own. Jennifer Williams – a.k.a the poet J.L. Williams – is moving onto another position with the University of Edinburgh and we wish her all the best. For the past four years, she has programmed the SPL’s Spring and Autumn events seasons and she has produced a monthly podcast. In that time she has transformed the SPL.
Feathers by Claire André, under a Creative Commons licence
‘Hope’, as Emily Dickinson memorably put it, ‘is the thing with feathers.’ This year has often felt like an over-plucked turkey. Many are the reasons for feeling that way, from the death of David Bowie to, well, take your pick. Can poetry help?
Scotland’s poets are writing to their high schools to encourage them to take part in Poetry by Heart Scotland, a national competition encouraging students to memorize and perform poetry. Now we want you to join in and write to your high school to ask them to consider taking part.
As a Library, the bulk of our services are free and will always remain so, whether that be loaning books, making an inquiry or downloading a podcast from our website. Did you know, however, that we have a shop where you can purchase all kinds of poetry goodness?
We were delighted to welcome John Barr to the Library earlier this year. We couldn't let such a distinguished guest visit without asking him one or two questions about what he thought about Scotland and the SPL. Not only did he share his time, he gave us permission to publish a new poem.