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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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