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The Thursday Post: More Questions than Answers

We're nearing the mid-point of the work on the renovation of our building. Seeing the Library stripped down so radically before its built-up prompts some thoughts by Director Robyn Marsack about uncertainty and how to live with it.

The Line Break: Kwame Dawes - This is Our Heart

This month on The Line Break, Ryan re-visits an interview with poet and journalist Kwame Dawes and discusses the challenges of writing poetry about often painful world events.

The Thursday Post: Festival World

Our Jennifer has spent the past month on a trans-continental journey, representing the SPL and reading her own work in Germany and Turkey. What did she learn?

The Thursday Post: EIBF 2015 Highlights

The 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival is determined to bring more writers from around the world than ever before to Scotland. We're pleased to report this year's mission includes poetry - and that the SPL is playing a part in bringing festival-goers a taste of poetry from all corners of the world.

The Thursday Post: Poetry by Heart Scotland

Learning poetry by heart shouldn't be a chore. Not only can it improve confidence, it can boost brain power too. With that in mind. we're launching a new competition for schools. Find out more in our blog.

The Line Break: Phillip Gross

The Poetry School and SPL welcomes you to a new poetry podcast. Host Ryan Van Winkle re-visits his 2013 Scottish Poetry Library podcast interview with TS Eliot-prize winner, Philip Gross, ranging across making up names for colours, comparing the similarities of poetry and making scones, and asking what happens in the thought vortex of ‘What if? And then?’

The Thursday Post: Site Lines

Brecht on builders. Larkin on trees. In our latest blog about our renovation, SPL Director Robyn Marsack brings you poetry and pics.

The Thursday Post: Lost for words

For people who love words, who have built their identity around them, the thought of losing their ability to express themselves is one that fills them with dread. It doesn't have to be that way though. A recent visit by Alzheimer's Scotland to the SPL made us think a little bit differently about dementia.

Virtual Tour: Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan Van Winkle is an old friend of the SPL. He is about to embark on a book tour, but before then he's on a virtual book tour of poetry websites. Given our links, we're very pleased that today he's arrived on our virtual doorstep. We asked him five questions...

The Thursday Post: Trans-Europe Expression

SPL Director Robyn Marsack writes about poetry and translation as we look forward to several events we're putting on featuring collaborations with European poets.

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