Today the SPL bids the fondest of farewells to one of our own. Jennifer Williams – a.k.a the poet J.L. Williams – is moving onto another position with the University of Edinburgh and we wish her all the best. For the past four years, she has programmed the SPL’s Spring and Autumn events seasons and she has produced a monthly podcast. In that time she has transformed the SPL.
Feathers by Claire André, under a Creative Commons licence
‘Hope’, as Emily Dickinson memorably put it, ‘is the thing with feathers.’ This year has often felt like an over-plucked turkey. Many are the reasons for feeling that way, from the death of David Bowie to, well, take your pick. Can poetry help?
Scotland’s poets are writing to their high schools to encourage them to take part in Poetry by Heart Scotland, a national competition encouraging students to memorize and perform poetry. Now we want you to join in and write to your high school to ask them to consider taking part.
As a Library, the bulk of our services are free and will always remain so, whether that be loaning books, making an inquiry or downloading a podcast from our website. Did you know, however, that we have a shop where you can purchase all kinds of poetry goodness?
We were delighted to welcome John Barr to the Library earlier this year. We couldn't let such a distinguished guest visit without asking him one or two questions about what he thought about Scotland and the SPL. Not only did he share his time, he gave us permission to publish a new poem.
Our assistant librarian Lizzie McGregor has edited a fantastic new anthology, Whatever the Sea: Scottish poems for growing older. We're launching the collection with a FREE event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Wednesday 12 October. In our latest blog, Lizzie explains what led her to put the anthology together.
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.