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The Thursday Post: The Art of Thomas A Clark

The 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival begins today, and it features work by many artists who straddle the line between visual art and poetry, perhaps none better than Thomas A Clark. Research Student Alice Tarbuck writes about Clark's forays into the area between art and poetry.

The Thursday Post: What We Read On Our Summer Holidays

Heading off on holiday? Want some poetry picks to take with you, but aren't sure what to take? The staff of the SPL has a few suggestions.

The Thursday Post: An Oakwoods Almanac

It hasn’t felt like summer in Scotland this month! We don’t want to hasten the season, but relished these (autumnal) extracts from Gerry Loose’s new book, An Oakwoods Almanac, and the images that go with them.

The Thursday Post: Poems for Doctors

Our Tools of the Trade anthology for graduating doctors has been a success, so much so we'd like to publish a second edition. But we need you support and ideas to make it happen.

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?’

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