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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.

The Thursday Post: Competition time

Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence
Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence

The John Mather Trust is offering poets based in the West of Scotland a chance to apply for £500 each. The Trust has given the SPL a grant which they’ve asked us to pass on to two promising poets who could use a financial boost. Want to learn more? Read our blog.

Don't lose hope

Image: Give U a Big Smile by Aikawa Ke, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Give U a Big Smile by Aikawa Ke, under a Creative Commons licence

2016 was a year many lost hope. We asked a selection of poets to name something that gave them hope this year or that they’re looking forward to in 2017. Here’s what Christine De Luca, Ryan Van Winkle, Claire Askew, Andrew McMillan, Jenny Lindsay, Niall Campbell and Vahni Capildeo had to say.

The Thursday Post: If you like this, then....

There's a wonderful new way of discovering poets, a fantastic website that recommends poets on the basis of your preferences that is a mix of Spotify and Wikipedia. Find out more in our latest blog.

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