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The Thursday Post: Commonwealth Games Reunited

Is it really four years since Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games? Our latest blog remembers the great poetry projects we were involved in to mark the Glasgow Games and their legacy today.


This April sees the launch of Crossways, a new literary and cultural festival organised by the magazine Irish Pages, which will be taking place in venues across Glasgow’s Merchant City. Find out more in our latest blog.

Clt Alt Del - 'I feel safe, I feel heard. I feel helped'

On Saturday, 24 March, 2pm, the young women of the Youth Community Support Agency's group, Clt Alt Del, will be joined by their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed, to share work generated in a project supported by the SPL. It's terribly important to support these young women, for the reasons outlined by Clare McBrien, who is YCSA's Programme Lead in our blog.

The Thursday Post: #MeToo

Today, Thursday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. In the year since the last IWD, the #MeToo phenomenon, which began on social media, has grown into a movement. Deborah Alma has edited a new collection, #MeToo – Rallying Against Sexual Assault and Harassment: A Woman’s Poetry Anthology (Fair Acre Press, £10). Below, in an edited version of #MeToo’s introduction, Deborah Alma explains the genesis of the book.

The Thursday Blog: Re-Tooled

As we gear up to work on a new edition of Tools of the Trade, we find the anthology's focus on how poetry can work with medicine is gaining traction elsewhere.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

The latest issue of the Scottish Poetry Library’s bi-annual newsletter, the Poetry Reader, is out now and available to collect for free from your friendly neighbourhood SPL. What’s in it?

Writing Resilience

Late last year, we were approached by Iona Beange from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, to support a community poetry group in their response to Stella Chan’s research, Project Soothe. Catherine Simpson, one of the participants, talks about her experience and how it led to the adoption of a new if unconventional family motto.

The Thursday Post: Having a WHALE of a time

In 2018, the Scottish Poetry Library and Open Book are running a flagship residency project in Wester Hailes in partnership with WHALE Arts. Learn more about it in our blog.

The Thursday Post: 'Journeys, Home, Belonging'

Last autumn, the International Women’s Group worked on a series of workshops, writing poetry to improve English and to give the members the chance to tell their own stories. Meriem Timizar, Chair of International Women’s Group Glasgow North, blogs about how it went.

The Thursday Post: From SPL to OPL

Living in Edinburgh one summer and at a loose end, Phoebe Nicholson volunteered at the SPL - and had a eureka moment. Returning to her home town of Oxford, she decided to set up her own poetry library. How did it go?

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