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The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day 2016

The poetry card featuring Hugh McMillan's poem 'Letter', one of eight cards.
The poetry card featuring Hugh McMillan's poem 'Letter', one of eight cards.

It's National Poetry Day! Rejoice! What's the SPL doing to mark the big day? And what plans will the National Poet announce later today?

Whatever the Sea

Our assistant librarian Lizzie McGregor has edited a fantastic new anthology, Whatever the Sea: Scottish poems for growing older. We're launching the collection with a FREE event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Wednesday 12 October. In our latest blog, Lizzie explains what led her to put the anthology together.

Filmpoesie

On Tuesday 4 October, 6pm, the SPL hosts Filmpoesie, a night of film and poetry. The Quebec-Scotland Filmpoesie Project brings together poets from Scotland – Rachel McCrum and Calum Rodger – and from Quebec – Jonathan Lamy and Geneviève Gosselin-G – to create a series of intricately linked filmpoems. Calum Rodger blogs about making filmpoems in Montreal - and recapturing a sense of childishness.

The Thursday Post: Station to Station

The Russian and Scottish poets brought together by the British Council
The Russian and Scottish poets brought together by the British Council

Giant waves in Malta, Viking ships in Norway and packed out readings in Russia - our Jennifer has some interesting encounters as she travels the continent in search of poetry.

Outside-in / Inside-Out

Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o  i  l  (1965)
Image: Hansjörg Mayer, o i l (1965)

Over 70 poets, performers, artists and academics will gather in Glasgow this October for Outside-in / Inside-out, Scotland’s newest poetry festival. Find out more in a blog written by poet Colin Herd.

The Thursday Post: National Poetry Day

The card design illustrating W.N. Herbert's 'Answermachine'
The card design illustrating W.N. Herbert's 'Answermachine'

This October (the 6th, to be exact), the SPL will be celebrating National Poetrt Day. The theme for 2016 is ‘messages’, and we’re sending nearly 345,000 poem cards to all parts of Scotland and beyond to spread the word. Find out what we're up to on the big day in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Poetry from A to Z

One of the treasures of the SPL’s website is our Poets A to Z section. Here you will find a rich selection of sketches of Scottish poets’ lives, plus examples of their work. In addition to the poets you’d expect our website to host, we have biographies of poets you might not know but are well worth finding out more about. We've just added six more. Learn more about the A to Z in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Penny Boxall wins the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Image: Penny Boxall
Image: Penny Boxall

Penny Boxall has won the second Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, one of the UK's largest poetry awards, with her collection Ship of the Line. Learn more about her victory in our latest blog.

The Thursday Post: Concrete Plans

Bob Cobbing, from ‘beethoven today’ (1970), from Gloup and Woup (Arc, 1974)
Bob Cobbing, from ‘beethoven today’ (1970), from Gloup and Woup (Arc, 1974)

We are delighted to be taking part in the Edinburgh Art Festival programme again this year. We are drawing on our special collections to create a display that explores the connections between art and poetry that began in the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the Concrete Poetry movement in particular. Our blog has more details.

The Thursday Post: Summer Reading 2016

Image: inicio.. by José David Leiva, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: inicio.. by José David Leiva, under a Creative Commons licence

Jetting off on holiday soon but not sure which books to take with you? The SPL can help. Most of the books below, the poetry ones anyway, are available to borrow from the SPL.

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