Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

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Being Boring

The Really Boring Colouring Book dwells on the subject of monotony, but we still took to it, for it has three things we hold dear to our hearts: typography, words and colouring in.

Fair-haired Duncan of the Songs

There has been a number of high profile bicentenaries celebrated this year: Dickens, Browning and Lear. 2012 marks another bicentenary, not of a birth but of a death – Donnchadh Bàn Macintyre, one of the great Gaelic poets of the eighteenth century.

Blooming Marvellous

If you can’t get to the Chelsea Flower Show this week, draw up your armchair and join us for a little vicarious gardening with the help of some well-loved poems.

Events, dear boy, events

There's a lot more going on at your friendly, neighbourhood Scottish Poetry Library. So much so, we now have a person dedicated to putting on events for us, Jennifer Williams. In the first of her blogs for the SPL, she tells us about settling in - and what she has in store for you!

Best Scottish Poems 2011

If we could call it ’20 Splendid Scottish Poems’ or ’20 of the most interesting Scottish poems…’ that might be a more accurate label, but it doesn’t have the bite of ‘best’. And the chosen poets should have their moment of basking in the ‘best’ light.

Browning versions

It’s shaping up to be a year of bicentenaries. We’ve already had two – Charles Dickens and Edward Lear – and on 7 May, Robert Browning makes it a third. As we remember him, we also recall the musical based on his famed romance with Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

'Is there anybody there?' A century of 'The Listeners'

May 2012 marks the centenary of the publication of Walter de la Mare's The Listeners. Why does this mysterious poem still command attention while the reputation of its author has dimmed?

Ali Smith on Margaret Tait: 'argumentative, spontaneous-seeming and energetic'

Ali Smith believes Margaret Tait is one of the most bafflingly overlooked of Scotland’s versatile twentieth-century artists. In an extract from the foreword to a new collection of Tait's writings, Smith explains why this poet and filmmaker matters.

‘EM was here and is’

A new poem by David Kinloch is a personal look at Edwin Morgan's legacy.

Picturing Shakespeare

Few have added to the glory of England and its language in the way Shakespeare did – and continues to. In the same week that Edwin Morgan would have celebrated his 92nd birthday, we take a look at the poem he wrote about the bard.

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