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.
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.
Beata the lollypop lady, one of Edinburgh's unsung heroes
Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca has hit upon a great idea - an anthology of poems praising the people whose jobs are essential to the running of a city but whom are never thought of to be praised. In our latest blog, she explains how she came upon the idea for Edinburgh Unsung.
Image of Alexander Filyuta, Russian poet resident in Germany
This weekend we celebrate European Literature Night with two events in Edinburgh. Colin Herd previews the events and explains why literature is so important to our understanding of the continent right now.