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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.

BIG WORDS ON THE ROYAL MILE

Vote for the poem you'd like to see super-sized on the side of a building in Edinburgh's Canongate. Five poems to choose from.

The Thursday Post: Do Not Enter My Soul In Your Shoes

When the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited three writers from the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada to present their work in Edinburgh, three Scotland-based poets were invited to work with them. One of the poets, Anna Crowe, writes about the experience.

Make It Innu

Rachel McCrum on Innu poetry, Quebecois French and swimming pools in Haiti.

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