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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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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!

The God Damn Debut Slam

The SPL is bracing itself for the arrival of a new monthly event, the God Damn Debut Slam. What's it all about? Our blog fills you in.

The SPL Christmas Raffle

Ahead of our Discount Xmas Shopping Night on Thursday, 14 December (between 6pm and 9pm), we’re holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes. All money goes to helping to run the SPL. Our blog has all the details about what's in the goody bags.

The Thursday Post: Celebrate Muriel Spark with the SPL in February

Rome c 1970 Copyright ©Jerry Bauer
Rome c 1970 Copyright ©Jerry Bauer

In 2018, Edinburgh celebrates the life and achievements of one its greatest writers, Muriel Spark. The Scottish Poetry Library is especially keen to celebrate Spark’s legacy, because, as is often overlooked, she began her writing career as a poet and poetry critic. Our blog has details of an event featuring Elaine Feinstein and Alan Taylor.

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018

Edwin Morgan, 1980
Edwin Morgan, 1980

The 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is now accepting entries from young Scottish poets or poets living in Scotland. Our latest blog reveals its fine pedigree and how you too can take part.

The Thursday Post: Black Friday and an incredible offer by PBS

We’re great fans of the Poetry Book Society and its Bulletin, here at the SPL, so we were very interested when they contacted us to say that on Black Friday (November 24), the PBS was offering a 50 percent discount on gift memberships. More details in our blog.

Times Ten

In June, we asked the public to help us and Voluntary Arts Scotland celebrate the diversity of voluntary arts activity in Scotland. Over the summer, we launched My Time - Poetry inspired by voluntary arts. We were looking for poems on the subject of how we can use our time to work on arts we are passionate about. We've chosen ten poems sent to us that we liked best, one of which will feature in an exhibition next year about community-led arts. Our latest blog features all ten new poems.

The Thursday Post: Poems for Teachers

The Scottish Poetry Library is planning to give a gift to all newly qualified teachers in Scotland: a pocket-sized book of poems, all on the subject of teaching. Can you help us?

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