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 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.
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 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?’
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.
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...