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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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The Thursday Post: Penny Boxall wins the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Image: Penny Boxall
Image: Penny Boxall

Penny Boxall has won the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, one of the UK's largest poetry awards, with her collection Ship of the Line. Learn more about her victory in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Concrete Plans

Bob Cobbing, from ‘beethoven today’ (1970), from Gloup and Woup (Arc, 1974)
Bob Cobbing, from ‘beethoven today’ (1970), from Gloup and Woup (Arc, 1974)

We are delighted to be taking part in the Edinburgh Art Festival programme again this year. We are drawing on our special collections to create a display that explores the connections between art and poetry that began in the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the Concrete Poetry movement in particular. Our blog has more details.

The Thursday Post: Summer Reading 2016

Image: inicio.. by José David Leiva, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: inicio.. by José David Leiva, under a Creative Commons licence

Jetting off on holiday soon but not sure which books to take with you? The SPL can help. Most of the books below, the poetry ones anyway, are available to borrow from the SPL.

The Thursday Post: Dazzle Ships

During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. Marjorie Lotfi Gill, the collection's editor, blogs about it for the SPL.

The Thursday Post: Remembering George Mackay Brown

Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield
Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of poet and novelist George Mackay Brown's death. James Robertson blogs for us about the enduring appeal of Mackay Brown and a new project that pairs the poet's words with new illustrations.

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.

Cross the Threshold - help Jackie Kay's poem grow and grow!

'It takes more than one language to tell a story.' Help the Makar Jackie Kay grow her poem 'Threshold' with your translations.

The Thursday Post: Renga on the Terrace

Last weekend, poet Ken Cockburn invite a group of writers to join him in writing renga on the terrace of the SPL. What is 'renga' and how did they get on?

The Thursday Post: The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016

Image: Edwin Morgan
Image: Edwin Morgan

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust are pleased to announce the shortlist of the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Full details in our blog.

The Thursday Post: Canadian Dreaming

Our Jennifer traveled to Montreal recently as part of the second leg of an exchange trip with Canadian authors. Here, she writes about the experience of reading at a Festival where she didn't speak the language.

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