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The Thursday Post: Best Scottish Poems 2014

We're launching our Best Scottish Poems 2014 anthology, an online collection bringing together the best Scottish poetry of last year. Find out who's made the cut and what plans we have to mark the occasion.

The Thursday Post: Reverting to Type

We've been changing the way we work with regards to access to the library and equalities recently. We've been working with the deaf and those who have hearing difficulties, one of whom recently asked us a question about our podcasts that you might be able to help us answer.

The Thursday Post: Sci-Kus!

The Edinburgh Science Festival has launched an exciting science-inspired poetry competition. We reveal the details after revisiting the science-fiction poems we have on our shelves.

The Thursday Post: StAnza

Scotland’s leading poetry festival StAnza returns, bringing poets from around Britain and the world to St Andrews for 5 days of performances, panels and special events. We've been lucky to be able to record many of the poets featured, as our blog reveals.

The Thursday Post: Confessions of a poetry critic

Writing poetry criticism can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned reviewer. One hack confesses all - and why a new course run by the SPL could make such fears a thing of the past.

The Thursday Post: Homage to Tsvetaeva

SPL Director Robyn Marsack recently visited Moscow where she made a pilgrimage to the home of poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Read her account of how moved she was to be in the same space once shared not only by Tsvetaeva, but Pasternak and Mandelstam.

The Thursday Post: Valentine's Day

Some years ago, when teaching in a Scottish prison, I observed a curious phenomenon every February: a flourishing interest in poetry. 'Got any poems, miss?' prisoners would ask, furtively, 'like love poems?'

‘Finally finding our voices’: poetry in prison

Addressing the haggis at New College Lanarkshire (HMP Greenock)
Addressing the haggis at New College Lanarkshire (HMP Greenock)

If they were asked about poetry and prison, I’d wager that many, if not most, people in Scotland today would look blank or maybe mumble something about Oscar Wilde and ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’.

The Thursday Post: Delicious Spring Poetry Events

Image of Liz Lochhead
Image of Liz Lochhead

One of the joys of working as the Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library is the great wealth of fabulous event possibilities to choose from and the number of extraordinary proposals we receive for exciting and delicious poetry delights.

Poems for the hert as weel as the heid

When you learn a poem, you experience it differently. The learned poem is no longer just text on a page but, to your brain, it is a living being, a new acquaintance with whom you form intimacy and trust. Good for the brain but also good for the soul.

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