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The Thursday Post: The WHALE Truth

WHALE Arts poetry group meets twice a month to write and share poetry and prose. One participant has reached out to us and sent in a report on the group’s recent trip to the Edinburgh Art Festival and a poem it inspired.

The Thursday Post: Last Tools

We’ve sold out all copies of the latest edition of Tools of the Trade. You could win it! Find out how in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Commonwealth Games Reunited

Is it really four years since Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games? Our latest blog remembers the great poetry projects we were involved in to mark the Glasgow Games and their legacy today.

Clt Alt Del - 'I feel safe, I feel heard. I feel helped'

On Saturday, 24 March, 2pm, the young women of the Youth Community Support Agency's group, Clt Alt Del, will be joined by their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed, to share work generated in a project supported by the SPL. It's terribly important to support these young women, for the reasons outlined by Clare McBrien, who is YCSA's Programme Lead in our blog.

The Thursday Blog: Re-Tooled

As we gear up to work on a new edition of Tools of the Trade, we find the anthology's focus on how poetry can work with medicine is gaining traction elsewhere.

Writing Resilience

Late last year, we were approached by Iona Beange from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, to support a community poetry group in their response to Stella Chan’s research, Project Soothe. Catherine Simpson, one of the participants, talks about her experience and how it led to the adoption of a new if unconventional family motto.

The Thursday Post: Having a WHALE of a time

In 2018, the Scottish Poetry Library and Open Book are running a flagship residency project in Wester Hailes in partnership with WHALE Arts. Learn more about it in our blog.

The Thursday Post: Poems for Teachers

The Scottish Poetry Library is planning to give a gift to all newly qualified teachers in Scotland: a pocket-sized book of poems, all on the subject of teaching. Can you help us?

My Time

Image: relax by John Davis, via a Creative Commons licence
Image: relax by John Davis, via a Creative Commons licence

A new project recognises and celebrates the diversity of voluntary arts activity in Scotland. Voluntary Arts Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library have collaborated to create My Time - Poetry Inspired by Voluntary Arts. Write a poem and Jackie Kay might choose it for a new exhibition.

The Thursday Post: To Helsinki and Back with Tools of the Trade

Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Time for a Check Up by Alex Proimos, under a Creative Commons licence

Dr John Gillies, medical doctor and former chair of the Scottish Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and co-editor of the SPL's anthology for newly graduating doctors Tools of the Trade, discusses talking in Finland recently about his experiences of using poetry in medicine.

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