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Charles Hamilton Sorley: It is Easy to be Dead

As a new production of a play about the Scottish war poet Charles Hamilton Sorley is staged, our latest blog takes a look at it and Neu! Reekie's involvement.

Winner of Scottish War Poets Memorial Poll Revealed

We have a result! Over the past two weeks, we asked you to take part in an online poll to choose whose words should be engraved on a new monument to commemorate Scotland's First World War poets. Our blog reveals the name of the winner.

The Thursday Post: Honouring Scotland's WW1 Poets

Want to take part in our poll to find a quote to be inscribed on a monument remembering Scotland’s war poets? Read our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017

Image copyright of the Wilfred Owen Asssociation
Image copyright of the Wilfred Owen Asssociation

Wilfred Owen’s stay in Edinburgh in 1917 proved to be a turning point in the history of English literature. We’re pleased to announce that the Scottish Poetry Library is involved in a series of events to be held in the latter part of the year marking the centenary of Owen’s transformative time in the capital.

The Thursday Post: Dazzle Ships

During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, the Every Woman project remembers and celebrates these 'dazzle ships'. As part of the project, female poets wrote poems responding to a ship decorated by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips. Marjorie Lotfi Gill, the collection's editor, blogs about it for the SPL.

The Thursday Post: Beneath Troubled Skies

This month sees the publication Beneath Troubled Skies: Poems of Scotland at War, 1914–1918 (Polygon, £12.99), edited by Lizzie MacGregor, with commentaries by Yvonne McEwen. This anthology traces the progress of Scotland’s war through poetry written by serving soldiers and those on the home front. A foreword is provided by the historian Sir Hew Strachan, an excerpt of which you can read in our blog.

The Thursday Post: A Foughten Field

One hundred years ago, on the 25th September 1915, British troops struggled over the top and faced the German lines in the first engagement of the Battle of Loos. It was the most Scottish of all the great battles of the First World War. Our latest blog looks at the poetry it inspired.

The Thursday Post: The Kaki Tree

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An event of that magnitude was bound to inspire poets. One, Gerry Loose, was moved in 2002 to bring a 'survivor' of the blasts to Scotland. Our blog tells the story.

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