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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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My Time

Image: relax by John Davis, via a Creative Commons licence
Image: relax by John Davis, via a Creative Commons licence

A new project recognises and celebrates the diversity of voluntary arts activity in Scotland. Voluntary Arts Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library have collaborated to create My Time - Poetry Inspired by Voluntary Arts. Write a poem and Jackie Kay might choose it for a new exhibition.

The Thursday Post: Ian Hamilton Finlay Symposium

Next month, the University of Edinburgh stages the first dedicated symposium on Ian Hamilton Finlay. We have all the details in our latest blog.

BBC Scotland's Poet in Residence 2017

BBC Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, is searching for a new poet-in-residence. Building on the success of their first residency in 2015, BBC Scotland is offering poets at the start of their career a platform from which to talk to the country. Do you have a fresh take on the events that get Scots talking? Could you be a champion for poetry? The blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017

Image copyright of the Wilfred Owen Asssociation
Image copyright of the Wilfred Owen Asssociation

Wilfred Owen’s stay in Edinburgh in 1917 proved to be a turning point in the history of English literature. We’re pleased to announce that the Scottish Poetry Library is involved in a series of events to be held in the latter part of the year marking the centenary of Owen’s transformative time in the capital.

The Thursday Post: Poem of the Moments

Last month, we launched our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2016. One of the ways in which we pay Best Scottish Poems the honour it's due is by featuring each one of the 20 poems chosen on our homepage as a Poem of the Moment. And here are all of 2016's moment in the spotlight collected.

The Thursday Post: To Helsinki and Back with Tools of the Trade

Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence

Dr John Gillies, medical doctor and former chair of the Scottish Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and co-editor of the SPL's anthology for newly graduating doctors Tools of the Trade, discusses talking in Finland recently about his experiences of using poetry in medicine.

The Thursday Post: Our Gaelic Weekend

Kathleen MacInnes
Kathleen MacInnes

The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce a weekend of Gaelic events on 13 and 14 May to tie in with the Edinburgh Local Mòd. Events include films, language taster classes, and a concert. And you are invited! Find out more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: We have winners!

R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition
R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition

The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition: Andrew Sclater and R.A. Davis. Find out more about the projects the prize money will fund.

The Thursday Post: Poetry By Heart Scotland 2017

The third year of our Poetry By Heart Scotland competition reached its final recently. We reveal the winner's name and what took place at the final in our latest blog.

An Eventful Spring

Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence
Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence

The SPL has an exciting spring programme of events featuring Iain Sinclair, William Letford and Russian poets. Our blog has all the details.

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