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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.

The Thursday Post: Congratulations, Bob Dylan!

The Scottish Poetry Library is thrilled to learn today that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Does he deserve it? Of course. Here's why.

The Thursday Post: Station to Station

The Russian and Scottish poets brought together by the British Council
The Russian and Scottish poets brought together by the British Council

Giant waves in Malta, Viking ships in Norway and packed out readings in Russia - our Jennifer has some interesting encounters as she travels the continent in search of poetry.

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: Poetry from A to Z

One of the treasures of the SPL’s website is our Poets A to Z section. Here you will find a rich selection of sketches of Scottish poets’ lives, plus examples of their work. In addition to the poets you’d expect our website to host, we have biographies of poets you might not know but are well worth finding out more about. We've just added six more. Learn more about the A to Z in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Penny Boxall wins the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Image: Penny Boxall
Image: Penny Boxall

Penny Boxall has won the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, one of the UK's largest poetry awards, with her collection Ship of the Line. Learn more about her victory in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Remembering George Mackay Brown

Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield
Image taken from Orcadians: Seven Impromptus, illustrated by Simon Manfield

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of poet and novelist George Mackay Brown's death. James Robertson blogs for us about the enduring appeal of Mackay Brown and a new project that pairs the poet's words with new illustrations.

The Thursday Post: The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016

Image: Edwin Morgan
Image: Edwin Morgan

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust are pleased to announce the shortlist of the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Full details in our blog.

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