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The Thursday Post: A Warm Welcome to our Latest Members of Staff

The SPL is pleased to welcome three new members of staff: Hannah Lavery, our Engagement Co-ordinator; Beth Cochrane, Programme Co-ordinator, and Rose Harrison, Learning Co-ordinator.

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.

Read all about it! The latest Poetry Reader is here.

It’s here! Yes, the latest issue of our bi-annual newsletter the Poetry Reader has arrived. Read our latest blog to discover what's inside the issue.

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.

The Thursday Post: See Hear

We are aware that if you have hearing loss, enjoyment of our podcasts is going to be restricted. With that in mind, we’ve begun the task of transcribing our podcasts. Learn more in the latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Poem of the Moments

Last month, we launched our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2016. One of the ways in which we pay Best Scottish Poems the honour it's due is by featuring each one of the 20 poems chosen on our homepage as a Poem of the Moment. And here are all of 2016's moment in the spotlight collected.

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: Poetry By Heart Scotland 2017

The third year of our Poetry By Heart Scotland competition reached its final recently. We reveal the winner's name and what took place at the final in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Polish Signs

Image: Gosia Korszla
Image: Gosia Korszla

Late last year, we were honoured to hold a Polish translation workshop, led by the poet Wojciech Bonowicz and his translator Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. In this blog, Wójcik-Leese remembers the workshop and shares examples of the poem the group worked on to demonstrate the ways in which translations can differ.

The Thursday Post: Going Postal

Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence
Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence

Perhaps you are unaware that the SPL offers postal borrowing? Yes, we provide a postal loan service throughout Scotland and the UK for borrowers unable to visit our building in Edinburgh. And it's cheap (£1)! Learn more in our blog.

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