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Clt Alt Del - 'I feel safe, I feel heard. I feel helped'

On Saturday, 24 March, 2pm, the young women of the Youth Community Support Agency's group, Clt Alt Del, will be joined by their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed, to share work generated in a project supported by the SPL. It's terribly important to support these young women, for the reasons outlined by Clare McBrien, who is YCSA's Programme Lead in our blog.

The Thursday Post: #MeToo

Today, Thursday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. In the year since the last IWD, the #MeToo phenomenon, which began on social media, has grown into a movement. Deborah Alma has edited a new collection, #MeToo – Rallying Against Sexual Assault and Harassment: A Woman’s Poetry Anthology (Fair Acre Press, £10). Below, in an edited version of #MeToo’s introduction, Deborah Alma explains the genesis of the book.

The Thursday Blog: Re-Tooled

As we gear up to work on a new edition of Tools of the Trade, we find the anthology's focus on how poetry can work with medicine is gaining traction elsewhere.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

The latest issue of the Scottish Poetry Library’s bi-annual newsletter, the Poetry Reader, is out now and available to collect for free from your friendly neighbourhood SPL. What’s in it?

Writing Resilience

Late last year, we were approached by Iona Beange from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, to support a community poetry group in their response to Stella Chan’s research, Project Soothe. Catherine Simpson, one of the participants, talks about her experience and how it led to the adoption of a new if unconventional family motto.

The Thursday Post: Having a WHALE of a time

In 2018, the Scottish Poetry Library and Open Book are running a flagship residency project in Wester Hailes in partnership with WHALE Arts. Learn more about it in our blog.

The Thursday Post: 'Journeys, Home, Belonging'

Last autumn, the International Women’s Group worked on a series of workshops, writing poetry to improve English and to give the members the chance to tell their own stories. Meriem Timizar, Chair of International Women’s Group Glasgow North, blogs about how it went.

The Thursday Post: From SPL to OPL

Living in Edinburgh one summer and at a loose end, Phoebe Nicholson volunteered at the SPL - and had a eureka moment. Returning to her home town of Oxford, she decided to set up her own poetry library. How did it go?

The SPL Spring 2018 events programme

A packed house for our God Damn Debut Slam, January 2018
A packed house for our God Damn Debut Slam, January 2018

The SPL presents our Spring 2018 programme of events, a bill stuffed with established names (Jackie Kay, Sean O’Brien, Michael Longley, John Burnside) and hot new talent; of centenary tributes to great Scots; of workshops, reading groups, and the downright quirky.

A Merry Christmas from the SPL and Liz Lochhead

A Christmas treat exclusively for readers of the SPL blog. Liz Lochhead, former National Poet for Scotland and forever friend of the SPL, has penned a poem for the ‘Spirit of Light ‘ project, a celebration in music and song that combines the sacred and the secular in an illuminating new work composed by Tommy Smith, Kurt Elling, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra this December. Liz has very kindly allowed us to feature the poem on our website, so enjoy!

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