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The Thursday Post: Burn After Reading, or This Book Might Save Your Life

The makers of a new book, Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain, must be among the few publishers ever to recommend burning the book - if your safety is endangered, anyway. Delivered to each of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain features contributions by many poets. In our enw blog, the publishers discuss the book's genesis.

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: Canadian Dreaming

Our Jennifer traveled to Montreal recently as part of the second leg of an exchange trip with Canadian authors. Here, she writes about the experience of reading at a Festival where she didn't speak the language.

The Thursday Post: Welcome to my World

Our Jennifer eats vegan food in Barcelona, visits the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and learns of the death of a friend - it's been an eventful fortnight for our Programme Manager.

The Thursday Post: Washing my hands in the Danube

Ahead of an event bringing together Czech-o-Slovak filmmakers and Scottish authors, Richard Price recalls his visit to the Czech Republic as part of a festival that brought Scottish writers to eastern Europe.

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.

The Thursday Post: Festival World

Our Jennifer has spent the past month on a trans-continental journey, representing the SPL and reading her own work in Germany and Turkey. What did she learn?

The Thursday Post: EIBF 2015 Highlights

The 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival is determined to bring more writers from around the world than ever before to Scotland. We're pleased to report this year's mission includes poetry - and that the SPL is playing a part in bringing festival-goers a taste of poetry from all corners of the world.

The Thursday Post: Homage to Tsvetaeva

SPL Director Robyn Marsack recently visited Moscow where she made a pilgrimage to the home of poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Read her account of how moved she was to be in the same space once shared not only by Tsvetaeva, but Pasternak and Mandelstam.

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