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Don't lose hope

Image: Give U a Big Smile by Aikawa Ke, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Give U a Big Smile by Aikawa Ke, under a Creative Commons licence

2016 was a year many lost hope. We asked a selection of poets to name something that gave them hope this year or that they’re looking forward to in 2017. Here’s what Christine De Luca, Ryan Van Winkle, Claire Askew, Andrew McMillan, Jenny Lindsay, Niall Campbell and Vahni Capildeo had to say.

The Best Scottish Poetry Collections of 2016: An incomplete list

2016 has proved to be a fantastic year for Scottish poetry. What did the SPL enjoy most this year? A few suggestions, by no means comprehensive, in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Tool, Mind, Earth

A disastrously misplaced wine glass inspired the art featured in our latest exhibition Tool, Mind, Earth. Our blog tells the story behind it.

The Thursday Post: If you like this, then....

There's a wonderful new way of discovering poets, a fantastic website that recommends poets on the basis of your preferences that is a mix of Spotify and Wikipedia. Find out more in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Goodbye, Jennifer

Our Jennifer, also known as J.L. Williams
Our Jennifer, also known as J.L. Williams

Today the SPL bids the fondest of farewells to one of our own. Jennifer Williams – a.k.a the poet J.L. Williams – is moving onto another position with the University of Edinburgh and we wish her all the best. For the past four years, she has programmed the SPL’s Spring and Autumn events seasons and she has produced a monthly podcast. In that time she has transformed the SPL.

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.

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