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The Thursday Post: Poem of the Moments

Last month, we launched our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2016. One of the ways in which we pay Best Scottish Poems the honour it's due is by featuring each one of the 20 poems chosen on our homepage as a Poem of the Moment. And here are all of 2016's moment in the spotlight collected.

The Thursday Post: To Helsinki and Back with Tools of the Trade

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

Dr John Gillies, medical doctor and former chair of the Scottish Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and co-editor of the SPL's anthology for newly graduating doctors Tools of the Trade, discusses talking in Finland recently about his experiences of using poetry in medicine.

The Thursday Post: Our Gaelic Weekend

Kathleen MacInnes
Kathleen MacInnes

The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce a weekend of Gaelic events on 13 and 14 May to tie in with the Edinburgh Local Mòd. Events include films, language taster classes, and a concert. And you are invited! Find out more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: We have winners!

R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition
R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition

The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition: Andrew Sclater and R.A. Davis. Find out more about the projects the prize money will fund.

The Thursday Post: Poetry By Heart Scotland 2017

The third year of our Poetry By Heart Scotland competition reached its final recently. We reveal the winner's name and what took place at the final in our latest blog.

An Eventful Spring

Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence
Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence

The SPL has an exciting spring programme of events featuring Iain Sinclair, William Letford and Russian poets. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Polish Signs

Image: Gosia Korszla
Image: Gosia Korszla

Late last year, we were honoured to hold a Polish translation workshop, led by the poet Wojciech Bonowicz and his translator Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. In this blog, Wójcik-Leese remembers the workshop and shares examples of the poem the group worked on to demonstrate the ways in which translations can differ.

The Thursday Post: Going Postal

Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence
Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence

Perhaps you are unaware that the SPL offers postal borrowing? Yes, we provide a postal loan service throughout Scotland and the UK for borrowers unable to visit our building in Edinburgh. And it's cheap (£1)! Learn more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

The latest issue of our newsletter the Poetry Reader is out! What's in it? Our blog previews pieces about Jackie Kay, Sunset Song, and Vahni Capildeo.

The Thursday Post: Competition time

Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence
Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence

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.

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