We're launching our Best Scottish Poems 2014 anthology, an online collection bringing together the best Scottish poetry of last year. Find out who's made the cut and what plans we have to mark the occasion.
We've been changing the way we work with regards to access to the library and equalities recently. We've been working with the deaf and those who have hearing difficulties, one of whom recently asked us a question about our podcasts that you might be able to help us answer.
Scotland’s leading poetry festival StAnza returns, bringing poets from around Britain and the world to St Andrews for 5 days of performances, panels and special events. We've been lucky to be able to record many of the poets featured, as our blog reveals.
SPL Director Robyn Marsack recently visited Moscow where she made a pilgrimage to the home of poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Read her account of how moved she was to be in the same space once shared not only by Tsvetaeva, but Pasternak and Mandelstam.
Some years ago, when teaching in a Scottish prison, I observed a curious phenomenon every February: a flourishing interest in poetry. 'Got any poems, miss?' prisoners would ask, furtively, 'like love poems?'
One of the joys of working as the Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library is the great wealth of fabulous event possibilities to choose from and the number of extraordinary proposals we receive for exciting and delicious poetry delights.
When you learn a poem, you experience it differently. The learned poem is no longer just text on a page but, to your brain, it is a living being, a new acquaintance with whom you form intimacy and trust. Good for the brain but also good for the soul.