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The Thursday Post: Burn After Reading, or This Book Might Save Your Life

The makers of a new book, Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain, must be among the few publishers ever to recommend burning the book - if your safety is endangered, anyway. Delivered to each of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain features contributions by many poets. In our enw blog, the publishers discuss the book's genesis.

Poets Advisory Group

An open letter from Katie Ailes, poet, editor, and chair of our proposed Poets Advisory Group.

The Thursday Post: Auden, Helensburgh and The Orators

A novel published earlier this year, Larchfield by Polly Clark, dramatises W.H. Auden's time in Helensburgh as a young man. In our latest blog, Clark tells us the story of Auden's time in Scotland.

Alan Spence's Name Put Forward as Next Edinburgh Makar

Alan Spence has been nominated to become the next Edinburgh Makar. Learn more about the appointment and Alan Spence in our latest blog.

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: When Wilfred Met Siegfried

Image: David Clarke, playing Wilfred Owen, in Edinburgh 2017 by Alan Shedlock
Image: David Clarke, playing Wilfred Owen, in Edinburgh 2017 by Alan Shedlock

A series of special events marking the 100th anniversary of the meeting of war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon takes place next week in Edinburgh, starting on 15 August.

A plaque for Tessa

On Tuesday, 29 August, 4pm, the Scottish Poetry Library will honour its founder, Tessa Ransford, with the unveiling of a special plaque, made by Beltane Studios in Peebles. Ransford’s family will be in attendance. The broader poetry community is welcome to attend.

BBC Scotland's new Poet in Residence revealed

BBC Scotland, in association with the Scottish Poetry Library, has announced the name of its second Poet in Residence. Read our blog to learn the poet's name and his or her ambitions for the post.

BBC Scotland's Poet in Residence 2017

BBC Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, is searching for a new poet-in-residence. Building on the success of their first residency in 2015, BBC Scotland is offering poets at the start of their career a platform from which to talk to the country. Do you have a fresh take on the events that get Scots talking? Could you be a champion for poetry? The blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: We have winners!

R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition
R.A.Davis, co-winner of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition

The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 John Mather Trust competition: Andrew Sclater and R.A. Davis. Find out more about the projects the prize money will fund.

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