Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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Love poetry?

We all like to get a card and chocolate on Valentine's Day, but the real affair commemorated on the 14th of February is between poetry and love.

Absent Friends

We say goodbye to three memorable poets and friends of the SPL who have died recently: Pearse Hutchinson, Andres Ehin and Wisława Szymborska.

A Tale of Two Dickens

Acclaimed in his day and our own as a great novelist, Charles Dickens celebrates his bicentenary on February 7 2012. What is less talked about is his debt to poets - and his influence on poets to come.

In Praise of Libraries

Saturday 4th February marks the first National Libraries Day. But what's so special about libraries, anyway?

Lost for Words?

Got a few lines of a poem running around your head that you can't track down? Is it driving you to distraction? We know someone who can help.

Leonard Cohen, poet

Songs of Love and Hate (back) by svennevenn under a Creative Commons license
Songs of Love and Hate (back) by svennevenn under a Creative Commons license

Leonard Cohen has been called 'the poet laureate of gloom'. He did in fact begin his career, not as a musician, but as a poet in Montreal. What was his verse like? And why did he decide to focus on music instead?

The new Scottish Poetry Library website

SPL website home page
SPL website home page

The Scottish Poetry Library has a brand new website. You'll find it at www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

Burns International

Central Park by peterjr1961 under a Creative Commons license
Central Park by peterjr1961 under a Creative Commons license

Robert Burns is not only the National Poet - he's the International Poet too. But what do other countries see in his poetry?

Tam O'Shanter - Scotland's Favourite?

A new poll of Scots has revealed 'Tam O'Shanter' is the nation's favourite Burns poem. So do Scots prefer Burns the tall tale teller to Burns the radical or Burns the lover?

Storm damage

Storm damage by Helen Pugh RBGE
Storm damage by Helen Pugh RBGE

The hurricane force winds which bulldozed Scotland on 3rd January left a trail of devastation.

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