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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?

The Library at Innerpeffray

Image: John Barr
Image: John Barr

We were delighted to welcome John Barr to the Library earlier this year. We couldn't let such a distinguished guest visit without asking him one or two questions about what he thought about Scotland and the SPL. Not only did he share his time, he gave us permission to publish a new poem.

The Thursday Post: Congratulations, Bob Dylan!

The Scottish Poetry Library is thrilled to learn today that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Does he deserve it? Of course. Here's why.

The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day 2016

The poetry card featuring Hugh McMillan's poem 'Letter', one of eight cards.
The poetry card featuring Hugh McMillan's poem 'Letter', one of eight cards.

It's National Poetry Day! Rejoice! What's the SPL doing to mark the big day? And what plans will the National Poet announce later today?

Whatever the Sea

Our assistant librarian Lizzie McGregor has edited a fantastic new anthology, Whatever the Sea: Scottish poems for growing older. We're launching the collection with a FREE event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Wednesday 12 October. In our latest blog, Lizzie explains what led her to put the anthology together.

Filmpoesie

On Tuesday 4 October, 6pm, the SPL hosts Filmpoesie, a night of film and poetry. The Quebec-Scotland Filmpoesie Project brings together poets from Scotland – Rachel McCrum and Calum Rodger – and from Quebec – Jonathan Lamy and Geneviève Gosselin-G – to create a series of intricately linked filmpoems. Calum Rodger blogs about making filmpoems in Montreal - and recapturing a sense of childishness.

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.

Outside-in / Inside-Out

Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o  i  l  (1965)
Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o i l (1965)

Over 70 poets, performers, artists and academics will gather in Glasgow this October for Outside-in / Inside-out, Scotland’s newest poetry festival. Find out more in a blog written by poet Colin Herd.

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