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The Thursday Post: Adieu

After 16 years, our Director Robyn Marsack is moving on. Here, in her last blog, she remembers some of the many highlights she's experienced over the past decade and a half.

Trans Europe Expression

There have been better periods in which to share a love of all things European. Which is why this is a good time to launch Literary Europe Live. The SPL is involved in this ambitious project to bring great non-English literature to Scottish audiences. Find out more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: European Literature Night

Image of Alexander Filyuta, Russian poet resident in Germany
Image of Alexander Filyuta, Russian poet resident in Germany

This weekend we celebrate European Literature Night with two events in Edinburgh. Colin Herd previews the events and explains why literature is so important to our understanding of the continent right now.

The Thursday Post: Kokedama

Like the poets whose books fill our shelves, we love flowers, and an upcoming event give us the opportunity – and perhaps you too – to indulge a love of them and of poetry.

The Thursday Post: Twenty Days of Best Scottish Poems 2015

Last month we launched the twelfth edition of our online anthology Best Scottish Poems, this time covering 2015 and ably edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. As has become a tradition here, we treated each poem to a day as our Poem of the Moment on our homepage. Here's a gallery of our BSP 2015 Poem of the Moments.

The Thursday Post: 400 years of Shakespeare

This weekend we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Our blog outlines the beginning of the Shakespeare industry, a few of the events marking the anniversary and what the SPL can offer fans of the bard.

The Thursday Post: A Year, and an Hour, in Beadnell

The SPL hosts a unique event, An Hour In Beadnell, on Thursday 29 April. A tribute to the author and environmentalist Rachel Carson, the event combines poetry, a presentation and sound installation. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Magpie Scraps

Mostly the magpie is represented as a bully, a thief, and worse. Are the poets right to put the boot into magpies with such gusto? Our Assistant Librarian Lizzie mulls over how poets have treated the bird.

The Line Break - Paula Meehan: People Make The Songs

In the latest Line Break podcast, Paula Meehan speaks about her Catholic upbringing, and the role of private speech in the public domain.

The Thursday Post: Best Scottish Poems 2015

We published our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2015 earlier this week, guest edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. We give you the inside story of the collection and why we've awarded Ken the SPL Order of Merit gold medal!

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