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The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

It's here!

The latest issue of our bi-annual newsletter the Poetry Reader has arrived in the Library. Issue number 23 is chock-a-block with news of our projects, interviews with poets and, of course, a poem or two. It's free and can be picked up from the Library or, if you're a member of our Friends of the SPL scheme, a copy will be sent to you.

So what's inside?

  • The cover story focuses on our new anthology To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers, a follow-up to Tools of the Trade. Whereas Tools was given to every graduating medical student in Scotland, To Learn the Future will be gifted to every newly graduated teacher this year. We'll be reporting more about To Learn the Future later this year when officially launched in August (there will be copies available to buy from our Shop, in person or online), but if you want the inside scoop ahead of time, grab a copy of the latest Poetry Reader.
     
  • Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year winner Ryan Van Winkle on his formative poetry experiences.
     
  • A preview of National Poetry Day 2018. Which poems will illustrate this year's theme of 'change'? Find out!
     
  • The Library is becoming a Fringe venue this August. Which shows will be staged here? We preview them.
     
  • In the autumn, we're holding an exhibition of Les McConnell's illustrations for William Hershaw's recently published The Sair Road. They discuss what inspired the project.
     
  • Discover more about the poets shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018.
     
  • Translator Annie Richardson talks us through how she came to work on Swiss-German poet Nora Gomringer's first English language collection (with a poem too).
     
  • Poet Sarah Stewart explains why poetry isn't for literary elites but for all of us.
     
  • And much, much more.

As mentioned, if you have a Friends membership, the Poetry Reader will be coming through your letterbox any day now. Becoming a Friend of the SPL couldn't be easier. From £20, you receive the following benefits:

  • Poetry Reader magazine subscription (twice a year)
  • Our events programme delivered (twice a year) and concession rates on full price tickets
  • 10% discount in our shop, within the Library and online
  • Free postal borrowing throughout the UK
  • Voting rights at our AGM and delivery of our Annual Review

Interested? Then click here for more details.

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