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The Thursday Post: Sympoetry 2014

After months of planning, we finally held Sympoetry last weekend, three days of readings, debates, music and food. How did it go? Did we get any answers to the question we asked that weekend? 'Poetry: Who’s speaking? Who’s listening?'

Poetry on Television and Radio, 22 - 28 November

Our weekly blog gives you a run-down of all the television and radio programmes featuring poetry and poets over the next seven days.

The Thursday Post: The Soldier Poets

Our assistant librarian Lizzie MacGregor is working on an anthology of WW1 poetry. During her research, she has read work by some of the more obscure poets who fought and died in the war - and been as touched by their personal stories as she has been by their poems. In this blog, she writes about them - and the insight they provide into that terrible conflict.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 15 - 21 November

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, Dorset, the Somme, London, and a desert island.

The Thursday Post: 'It needs to come from the dark earth' - Sasha Dugdale on what makes for great poetry

Ahead of our three-day poetry symposium, Sympoetry, we've been asking guests to think about the question that structures the event: 'Poetry? Who's speaking? Who's listening?' This week, we're honoured to have a blog on that theme by Sasha Dugdale, the poet, playwright, and translator.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 8 - 14 November

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, Remembrance Sunday, Macbeth, and a double dose of Simon Armitage.

The Thursday Post: #canonGREAT

Today we launched a new pamphlet extolling the virtues of the Canongate and Holyrood area with a walking tour. Find out more about our pamphlet, the Canongate-Holyrood iniative, and what there is to do down here. With lots of photos.

Poetry on Television and Radio, 1 - 7 November

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, the birth of Frankenstein, Jarvis Cocker meets Iceland's 'most popular poet', and to be or not to be David Tennant.

It's everywhere! Thomas Lux on the state of poetry today

Photograph of Thomas Lux
Photograph of Thomas Lux

Acclaimed poet Thomas Lux shares his thoughts on the core question of this year’s SYMPOETRY: Poetry, who’s speaking? Who’s listening?

The Thursday Post: Measuring belonging, distance and love.

Award-winning poet John Glenday remembers his first encounter, and consequent friendship, with Zaffar Kunial, current Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Catch them both at the SPL on 23 October.

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