Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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SYMPOETRY

Our three-day event in November SYMPOETRY brings together world-class poets and literary thinkers to address a question of vital importance to the state of poetry today - and now we can announce the full programme. What do you think?

The Thursday Post: Living Voices - the Facilitator's Story

We talk about Living Voices, our project taking poetry, storytelling and song into care homes a lot, but have you ever wondered about what actually happens, and what the results are? This week, Sheila Templeton, poet and Living Voices facilitator, reveals the heartwarming effect poetry can have on care home residents.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 30 August - 5 September

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Gillian Clarke on quarries, Michael Symmons Roberts on librettists, and an awful lot of dead white guys.

The Thursday Post: By Leaves We Give

Image by the anonymous book sculptor
Image by the anonymous book sculptor

A new project has been set up with the aim of raising £25,000 to fill the Patrick Geddes Library with books by and about visionary city planner and educationalist Geddes. A campaign has been set up to help fund the project - and our old friend the book sculptor is involved.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 23 - 29 August

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Sir Walter Scott, Philip Larkin, and a bench.

The Thursday Post: Poetry at the Palace

The office of Poet Laureate is a special honour awarded by the reigning king or queen to a poet. Past Laureates have included Wordsworth, Ted Hughes, and now, Carol Ann Duffy, who is at the half-way point in her laureateship. A new exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh explores the role of the Poet Laureate. SPL Director Robyn Marsack reports on the exhibition.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 16 - 22 August

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, Michael Longley on war poetry, Ian Samson on Piers Plowman, and Ice-T on rap.

The Thursday Post: Autumn Events at the SPL

Is there life beyond the Edinburgh Festival? The SPL keeps you warm through the autumn with a number of poetry events featuring, amongst other, Kate Tempest and Don Pateson.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 9 - 16 August

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days. This week, following in John Clare's footsteps, growing old with Donne, and Paul Muldoon on Louis MacNeice.

The Thursday Post: Team Work

To mark the the handover from Glasgow to Queensland of the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's Makar Liz Lochhead and Glasgow's Poet Laureate Jim Carruth have collaborated on a poem. They talk about the process, and SPL Director Robyn Marsack marks the end of the Glasgow Games.

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