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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

An autumn's worth of events

It’s here!

Our Autumn Programme arrived from the printer on Wednesday, and I could hardly contain my excitement as we opened the box.  Inside, we found our new events programme which was designed by the talented Heather Tomlinson at CAKE

Last night, we had a mini-launch of our programme, with wine, crisps, and much merriment.  We’ve put together an events programme that’s bigger than ever.  We hope you’ll enjoy browsing the programme (available at the SPL, the EIBF and at outlets around Edinburgh, with a copy being posted to Friends of the SPL). Please note, we have a new way of booking tickets for events (see below).

There are almost too many highlights to mention, but I’ll give it a go. John Hegley, the poet laureate of specs and dogs, will launch his new collection, Love, Peace and Potatoes. Tom Leonard reads with rising star Miriam Gamble. Mariscat celebrate 30 years of publishing pamphlets. Three of Burma’s best contemporary poets give us an insight into their homeland and its verse. Candia McWilliam is the first guest in our new series, My Life in Poetry. Richard Price, recently chosen to represent Team GB in our Written World/Olympics project, reads alongside Peter McCarey. We are very excited about the arrival of the Gifted exhibition. And in perhaps our most contentious event, we invite National Poet Liz Lochhead, playwright David Grieg and journalist Alan Taylor to tell us what they hate about poetry. And that’s only a taste of what’s to come.

Jennifer Williams, Programme Manager

A note about our new online ticketing system.

There are now three ways to book tickets for events and workshops at the Scottish Poetry Library.  We are now using Eventbrite’s online ticketing system and we encourage everyone to book online, as it will guarantee you a space at the event you wish to attend, and will allow us to process and track payments in the most useful and efficient way.  We can no longer accept reservations for events without payment.

Three ways to book tickets at the SPL:

1. You can book and pay up to an hour before any event online at Eventbrite.  This is the preferred means of booking.

2. You can book and pay in advance of the event at the reception desk at the Scottish Poetry Library, in cash or by cheque.

3. You can send us a cheque with your details and a note of the event(s) you are booking for.

While you will still be able to pay for your ticket at the time of the event, some events will sell out, and there may not be a seat available on the day, which is one of the reasons we are moving to an advance booking system.

This has been a general change in policy, and we're grateful for everyone's patience and flexibility adjusting to this new system, which we believe will be very beneficial to audiences at the Library.