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The Thursday Post: Poems for Teachers

The Scottish Poetry Library is planning to give a gift to all newly qualified teachers in Scotland: a pocket-sized book of poems, all on the subject of teaching. Can you help us?

The Thursday Post: Burn After Reading, or This Book Might Save Your Life

The makers of a new book, Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain, must be among the few publishers ever to recommend burning the book - if your safety is endangered, anyway. Delivered to each of the 103 bothies in Great Britain that are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), Shelter Stone –The Artist and The Mountain features contributions by many poets. In our enw blog, the publishers discuss the book's genesis.

The Thursday Post: Poetry Cafe of Reminiscence

On Thursday, 2 November, the SPL is holding a Poetry Cafe of Reminiscence, where people can discuss loved ones who've died and hear poetry, as part of the To Absent Friends festival.

Poets Advisory Group

An open letter from Katie Ailes, poet, editor, and chair of our proposed Poets Advisory Group.

The Thursday Post: Auden, Helensburgh and The Orators

A novel published earlier this year, Larchfield by Polly Clark, dramatises W.H. Auden's time in Helensburgh as a young man. In our latest blog, Clark tells us the story of Auden's time in Scotland.

Alan Spence's Name Put Forward as Next Edinburgh Makar

Alan Spence has been nominated to become the next Edinburgh Makar. Learn more about the appointment and Alan Spence in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: A Warm Welcome to our Latest Members of Staff

The SPL is pleased to welcome three new members of staff: Hannah Lavery, our Engagement Co-ordinator; Beth Cochrane, Programme Co-ordinator, and Rose Harrison, Learning Co-ordinator.

The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day 2017

Freedom! What does that word mean to you? National Poetry Day (Thursday, 28 September) has, this year, chosen ‘freedom’ as its theme. Our latest blog has all our resources and events in one handy place.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Book Society, your one-stop shop for reviews, news and discounts. Find out what they can do for you, whether you're a reader or a publisher.

The Thursday Post: When Wilfred Met Siegfried

Image: David Clarke, playing Wilfred Owen, in Edinburgh 2017 by Alan Shedlock
Image: David Clarke, playing Wilfred Owen, in Edinburgh 2017 by Alan Shedlock

A series of special events marking the 100th anniversary of the meeting of war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon takes place next week in Edinburgh, starting on 15 August.

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