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The Thursday Post: Loch Computer

Image: Norman McBeath
Image: Norman McBeath

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 new Makar - Jackie Kay

The new National Poet for Scotland or Makar has been announced: Jackie Kay. SPL Director Robyn Marsack reflects upon the qualities she will bring to the position over the next five years.

The Thursday Post: Diversity Rich

An all-woman panel at StAnza 2016
An all-woman panel at StAnza 2016

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.

The Thursday Post: Our New Director

Image: Jon Craig Photos
Image: Jon Craig Photos

The Board of the Scottish Poetry Library is very pleased to announce the appointment of Asif Khan as the new Director of the Library. He will take up his position at the beginning of June 2016.

The Line Break - Ouyang Yu: Creative Mistakes

In the latest Line Break podcast, Ryan and Australian poet Ouyang Yu discuss language barriers, mis-prints and the importance of making 'creative mistakes'. Plus, more poetry sparks!

The Thursday Post: StAnza 2016

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.

The Thursday Post: My Life in Poetry with Agnes Török

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.

The Line Break: Jane Hirshfield

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.

How to make a Makar

Image by Alastair Cook
Image by Alastair Cook

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.

The Thursday Post: The Invisible Web - highlights of the SPL spring events programme 2016

It's spring, or it soon will be. The landscape is defrosting, buds will soon be bursting out - just like the brilliant events we have lined up in our spring programme! Our latest blog previews the highlights, you lucky, lucky people!

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