There have been better periods in which to share a love of all things European. Which is why this is a good time to launch Literary Europe Live. The SPL is involved in this ambitious project to bring great non-English literature to Scottish audiences. Find out more in our blog.
Image of Alexander Filyuta, Russian poet resident in Germany
This weekend we celebrate European Literature Night with two events in Edinburgh. Colin Herd previews the events and explains why literature is so important to our understanding of the continent right now.
Last month we launched the twelfth edition of our online anthology Best Scottish Poems, this time covering 2015 and ably edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. As has become a tradition here, we treated each poem to a day as our Poem of the Moment on our homepage. Here's a gallery of our BSP 2015 Poem of the Moments.
This weekend we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Our blog outlines the beginning of the Shakespeare industry, a few of the events marking the anniversary and what the SPL can offer fans of the bard.
The SPL hosts a unique event, An Hour In Beadnell, on Thursday 29 April. A tribute to the author and environmentalist Rachel Carson, the event combines poetry, a presentation and sound installation. Our blog has all the details.
Mostly the magpie is represented as a bully, a thief, and worse. Are the poets right to put the boot into magpies with such gusto? Our Assistant Librarian Lizzie mulls over how poets have treated the bird.