The card design illustrating W.N. Herbert's 'Answermachine'
This October (the 6th, to be exact), the SPL will be celebrating National Poetrt Day. The theme for 2016 is ‘messages’, and we’re sending nearly 345,000 poem cards to all parts of Scotland and beyond to spread the word. Find out what we're up to on the big day in our latest blog.
One of the treasures of the SPL’s website is our Poets A to Z section. Here you will find a rich selection of sketches of Scottish poets’ lives, plus examples of their work. In addition to the poets you’d expect our website to host, we have biographies of poets you might not know but are well worth finding out more about. We've just added six more. Learn more about the A to Z in our latest blog.
Bob Cobbing, from ‘beethoven today’ (1970), from Gloup and Woup (Arc, 1974)
We are delighted to be taking part in the Edinburgh Art Festival programme again this year. We are drawing on our special collections to create a display that explores the connections between art and poetry that began in the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the Concrete Poetry movement in particular. Our blog has more details.
During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. Marjorie Lotfi Gill, the collection's editor, blogs about it for the SPL.
Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of poet and novelist George Mackay Brown's death. James Robertson blogs for us about the enduring appeal of Mackay Brown and a new project that pairs the poet's words with new illustrations.
On 10 August, the SPL hosts its first Open Book, an all-poetry shared reading group. During the weekly sessions on Wednesdays (1pm), the group will discuss poetry and listen to it read aloud by an expert who will guide the discussion. Find out more in our blog.