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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.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

The latest issue of our newsletter the Poetry Reader is out! What's in it? Our blog previews pieces about Jackie Kay, Sunset Song, and Vahni Capildeo.

The Thursday Post: Goodbye, Jennifer

Our Jennifer, also known as J.L. Williams
Our Jennifer, also known as J.L. Williams

Today the SPL bids the fondest of farewells to one of our own. Jennifer Williams – a.k.a the poet J.L. Williams – is moving onto another position with the University of Edinburgh and we wish her all the best. For the past four years, she has programmed the SPL’s Spring and Autumn events seasons and she has produced a monthly podcast. In that time she has transformed the SPL.

The Thursday Post: With Feathers

Feathers by Claire André, under a Creative Commons licence
Feathers by Claire André, under a Creative Commons licence

‘Hope’, as Emily Dickinson memorably put it, ‘is the thing with feathers.’ This year has often felt like an over-plucked turkey. Many are the reasons for feeling that way, from the death of David Bowie to, well, take your pick. Can poetry help?

The Thursday Blog: Poetry By Heart Scotland needs your help!

Poetry by Heart 2016's competitors
Poetry by Heart 2016's competitors

Scotland’s poets are writing to their high schools to encourage them to take part in Poetry by Heart Scotland, a national competition encouraging students to memorize and perform poetry. Now we want you to join in and write to your high school to ask them to consider taking part.

The Thursday Post: The Shop

As a Library, the bulk of our services are free and will always remain so, whether that be loaning books, making an inquiry or downloading a podcast from our website. Did you know, however, that we have a shop where you can purchase all kinds of poetry goodness?

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