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The Thursday Post: The Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Book Society, your one-stop shop for reviews, news and discounts. Find out what they can do for you, whether you're a reader or a publisher.

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 Best Scottish Poetry Collections of 2016: An incomplete list

2016 has proved to be a fantastic year for Scottish poetry. What did the SPL enjoy most this year? A few suggestions, by no means comprehensive, in our latest blog.

The Library at Innerpeffray

Image: John Barr
Image: John Barr

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.

Whatever the Sea

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.

Outside-in / Inside-Out

Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o  i  l  (1965)
Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o i l (1965)

Over 70 poets, performers, artists and academics will gather in Glasgow this October for Outside-in / Inside-out, Scotland’s newest poetry festival. Find out more in a blog written by poet Colin Herd.

The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day

The card design illustrating W.N. Herbert's 'Answermachine'
The card design illustrating W.N. Herbert's 'Answermachine'

This October (the 6th, to be exact), the SPL will be celebrating National Poetrt Day. The theme for 2016 is ‘messages’, and we’re sending nearly 345,000 poem cards to all parts of Scotland and beyond to spread the word. Find out what we're up to on the big day in our latest blog.

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.

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?

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