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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.

Laird Byron

Lord Byron only spent the first 10 years of his life in Scotland, and once he left, he never returned, at least not in person; his imagination is another matter entirely. Just how Scottish was Byron?

Lost for Words? Can you help?

Here at the SPL, we often field enquiries from users curious about verse they don’t know the origins of. This time, our poetry 'detective' needs your help.

In the Wake of the Titanic

Outside of war, has there ever been a public event that has inspired as many poems as the sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912? While the ship itself proved mortal, as a subject it is invincible.

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