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The Thursday Post: Watch This Space

Today, on National Poetry Day 2018, a ceremony took place to mark the tenth anniversary of the dedication of St Andrew Square as Edinburgh’s poetry garden, a city centre space for public enjoyment and quiet reflection. We recorded a mini-podcast about it with Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence.

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust are pleased to announce that Roseanne Watt has won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018. Learn more about the winner and runner-up in our latest blog.

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.

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