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An Eventful Spring

Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence
Iain Sinclair by Book Aid International, under a Creative Commons licence

The SPL has an exciting spring programme of events featuring Iain Sinclair, William Letford and Russian poets. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Polish Signs

Image: Gosia Korszla
Image: Gosia Korszla

Late last year, we were honoured to hold a Polish translation workshop, led by the poet Wojciech Bonowicz and his translator Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese. In this blog, Wójcik-Leese remembers the workshop and shares examples of the poem the group worked on to demonstrate the ways in which translations can differ.

The Thursday Post: Going Postal

Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence
Stamp Out by Tom Page, via a Creative Commons licence

Perhaps you are unaware that the SPL offers postal borrowing? Yes, we provide a postal loan service throughout Scotland and the UK for borrowers unable to visit our building in Edinburgh. And it's cheap (£1)! Learn more in our blog.

The Thursday Post: The Poetry Reader

The latest issue of our newsletter the Poetry Reader is out! What's in it? Our blog previews pieces about Jackie Kay, Sunset Song, and Vahni Capildeo.

The Thursday Post: Competition time

Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence
Writer by Eelke, under a Creative Commons licence

The John Mather Trust is offering poets based in the West of Scotland a chance to apply for £500 each. The Trust has given the SPL a grant which they’ve asked us to pass on to two promising poets who could use a financial boost. Want to learn more? Read our blog.

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.

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