The Scottish Poetry Library turns thirty in 2014, and begins a new chapter of its life in the Crichton’s Close building. Find out what we have planned for the building, how it will affect the running of the building, and what we'll be doing in the meantime.
Trenches, poppies, appalling casualties - the iconography of World War One was prefigured in a poem from an earlier conflict. Our assistant librarian Lizzie takes a look at a chillingly prophetic poem.
During the Edinburgh Festival, the anonymous book sculptor gifted a number of bird book sculptures to various people - including us. The lyrebird sculpture we were given came with a proviso: we were only to hang on to it until we found it a new home that could help promote books and reading. So we held a competition....
The 1st and 2nd November in the Christian calendar are the days of All Saints and All Souls, when there can be a communal recognition of loss on the 2nd, preceded by joyful remembrance on the 1st. This All Souls, we remember the poets who passed away recently.
A highlight of the SPL’s autumn events programme is A Random History of Scots Poetry and Song (November 21st, Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms), a cabaret uniting different generations of Scottish poets. Organiser and poet Alexander Hutchinson previews the event by looking back to an earlier era of readings….
Scotland’s National Poet knew the importance of marking Halloween with a party – and we at the Scottish Poetry Library are in full accord. On Thursday, 31 October, 6.30pm, we shall be celebrating All Hallow’s Eve with Fright Night! The SPL Halloween Poetry Party. The party is open to the public, living and undead. What can the children of the night who brave our revels expect?
Love poetry readings but are too busy to make it to one? Can't leave the house? Transatlantic Poetry on Air is a unique series celebrating poetry on both sides of the pond through live online readings. Find out more in this blog.