Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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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.

‘Trouble is not my middle name…’ – a new poem by Liz Lochhead

Children's Panel website
Children's Panel website

The first poem commission for Liz Lochhead this year came from the campaign to recruit members for the Children’s Panels, which are such a distinctive part of the Scottish approach to dealing with children and young people who are in trouble or at risk.

Busy Bees in January

Busy Bees installation at the Scottish Poetry Library
Busy Bees installation at the Scottish Poetry Library

We’re back! Buffeted by gales and paddling in the tide of emails, but in good poetry heart for 2012.

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