We published our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2015 earlier this week, guest edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. We give you the inside story of the collection and why we've awarded Ken the SPL Order of Merit gold medal!
Scientists, writers and visual artists have collaborated on an exhibition, Loch Computer, that will be hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art between 28 March until 8 April. The exhibition, which explores themes of ‘remoteness’ and ‘connectedness’ in the digital era, focuses on the Hebridean island of Iona. Learn more in our latest blog.
Our Jennifer reflects upon the recent StAnza poetry festival, International Women's Day and Poems that Make Grown Women Cry and comes to the conclusion, shared in her blog, that diversity enriches everyone's experience of poetry and life.
Some readers might say they could no more live without poetry than they could live without their heart. Others might say poetry is the place they live. Both varieties of poetry lover will be well catered to in early March when the mighty StAnza poetry festival takes place. Here's some of the events we're looking forward to.
Poet Agnes Török is coming to the SPL (on Thursday 18 February, 6.30pm, as part of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival) to tell us the story of her life through her favourite poems. To get you in the mood for the event, Agnes remembers the key reading experiences that started her on the road to writing.
In the latest Line Break podcast, Jane Hirshfield talks about why 'how happy we are, how unhappy we are, doesn't matter', while Ryan Van Winkle offers some more 'poetry sparks' to nourish your own ideas.
Who will be the next National Poet for Scotland? The short answer is: we don’t know yet, but the process of appointment has begun. In this short blog, we share the process with you, and give a hint of when you might hear who will succeed Liz Lochhead as our next Makar.