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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.

Filmpoesie

On Tuesday 4 October, 6pm, the SPL hosts Filmpoesie, a night of film and poetry. The Quebec-Scotland Filmpoesie Project brings together poets from Scotland – Rachel McCrum and Calum Rodger – and from Quebec – Jonathan Lamy and Geneviève Gosselin-G – to create a series of intricately linked filmpoems. Calum Rodger blogs about making filmpoems in Montreal - and recapturing a sense of childishness.

The Thursday Post: Open Book

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.

Trans Europe Expression

There have been better periods in which to share a love of all things European. Which is why this is a good time to launch Literary Europe Live. The SPL is involved in this ambitious project to bring great non-English literature to Scottish audiences. Find out more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: Kokedama

Like the poets whose books fill our shelves, we love flowers, and an upcoming event give us the opportunity – and perhaps you too – to indulge a love of them and of poetry.

The Thursday Post: A Year, and an Hour, in Beadnell

The SPL hosts a unique event, An Hour In Beadnell, on Thursday 29 April. A tribute to the author and environmentalist Rachel Carson, the event combines poetry, a presentation and sound installation. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: My Life in Poetry with Agnes Török

Poet Agnes Török is coming to the SPL (on Thursday 18 February, 6.30pm, as part of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival) to tell us the story of her life through her favourite poems. To get you in the mood for the event, Agnes remembers the key reading experiences that started her on the road to writing.

The Thursday Post: The Invisible Web - highlights of the SPL spring events programme 2016

It's spring, or it soon will be. The landscape is defrosting, buds will soon be bursting out - just like the brilliant events we have lined up in our spring programme! Our latest blog previews the highlights, you lucky, lucky people!

The Thursday Post: CAESURA

We've worked with experimental poetry night CAESURA before, but on May 14, we're doing something a little special - a sound poetry showcase that's part of this year's European Literature Night. What is CAESURA? What is sound-poetry? Click for the answers!

The Thursday Post: Aye Write

We're excited about Aye Write, which starts this weekend, not only because we have our own Best Scottish Poems 2014 showcase event; the organisers are giving a third of their tickets. To claim, read this blog.

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