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The Thursday Post: Dazzle Ships

During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. Marjorie Gill, the collection's editor, blogs about it for the SPL.

The Thursday Post: Remembering George Mackay Brown

Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield
Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of poet and novelist George Mackay Brown's death. James Robertson blogs for us about the enduring appeal of Mackay Brown and a new project that pairs the poet's words with new illustrations.

The Thursday Post: Open Book

On 10 August, the SPL hosts its first Open Book, an all-poetry shared reading group. During the weekly sessions on Wednesdays (1pm), the group will discuss poetry and listen to it read aloud by an expert who will guide the discussion. Find out more in our blog.

Cross the Threshold - help Jackie Kay's poem grow and grow!

'It takes more than one language to tell a story.' Help the Makar Jackie Kay grow her poem 'Threshold' with your translations.

The Thursday Post: Renga on the Terrace

Last weekend, poet Ken Cockburn invite a group of writers to join him in writing renga on the terrace of the SPL. What is 'renga' and how did they get on?

The Thursday Post: The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016

Image: Edwin Morgan
Image: Edwin Morgan

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust are pleased to announce the shortlist of the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Full details in our blog.

The Thursday Post: Canadian Dreaming

Our Jennifer traveled to Montreal recently as part of the second leg of an exchange trip with Canadian authors. Here, she writes about the experience of reading at a Festival where she didn't speak the language.

The Thursday Post: EIBF 2016

 EIBF programme launch 05 by byronv2, under a Creative Commons licence
EIBF programme launch 05 by byronv2, under a Creative Commons licence

How much are we looking forward to the poetry events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival? Reader, there isn’t a scale upon which our excitement can be registered. We can merely list the many, many events that feature poetry and marvel.

The Thursday Post: Edinburgh Unsung

Beata the lollypop lady, one of Edinburgh's unsung heroes
Beata the lollypop lady, one of Edinburgh's unsung heroes

Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca has hit upon a great idea - an anthology of poems praising the people whose jobs are essential to the running of a city but whom are never thought of to be praised. In our latest blog, she explains how she came upon the idea for Edinburgh Unsung.

The Thursday Post: Part Tool

Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence

Last year, we published an anthology for graduating doctors that there was such a demand for we've published a second edition. Our blog has all the details.

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