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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.

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: Part Tool

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

Last year, we published an anthology for graduating doctors that there was such a demand for we've published a second edition. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Loch Computer

Image: Norman McBeath
Image: Norman McBeath

Scientists, writers and visual artists have collaborated on an exhibition, Loch Computer, that will be hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art between 28 March until 8 April. The exhibition, which explores themes of ‘remoteness’ and ‘connectedness’ in the digital era, focuses on the Hebridean island of Iona. Learn more in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Second Wind

Earlier this month the Scottish Poety Library and Saltire Society published Second Wind, a pamphlet featuring new work by Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver and Diana Hendry have all contributed a series of poems to the volume, as part of a special ‘Late Style’ artist commission supported by The Baring Foundation. This week's blog is taken from Vicki Feaver's introduction to her poems.

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