Blog Our Sweet Old Etcetera

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The Thursday Post: ‘Human voices wake us’

Our Director Robyn Marsack reports on this week's T.S. Eliot Prize and we share an exclusive recording of the winner Sarah Howe reading three poems.

The Line Break: Mark Doty

The Line Break podcasts offers writing exercises and the chance to hear Mark Doty, poet and author of Deep Lane, recently nominated for the T S Eliot Prize.

Gift Rap - the SPL's Books of 2015

We asked the SPL's staff to name a book they enjoyed this year and another they'd give as a Christmas present. This is what they said.

The Thursday Post: A Christmas Message from the Director

The SPL's Director Robyn Marsack reflects upon the season - and moving on.

The Thursday Post: 100 years of George Campbell Hay

Photo: Gordon Wright
Photo: Gordon Wright

This month, we celebrate the centenary of the poet George Campbell Hay, who was born on 8 December, 1915. Today Hay is something of an unfashionable figure for a number of reasons. There are many reasons, however, you should take another look at his work.

The Thursday Post: Welcome to my World

Our Jennifer eats vegan food in Barcelona, visits the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, and learns of the death of a friend - it's been an eventful fortnight for our Programme Manager.

The Line Break: Caroline Bird - Punched in the Dark

This month on The Line Break podcast, Ryan Van Winkle talks to Caroline Bird about how poetry finds truth in a world of ‘no facts’ and ‘not saying’. Plus, more poetry sparks from Ryan!

The Thursday Post: 'Effortless Zen' - Memories of Alexander Hutchison

The poetry community was sad to learn this week of the death of Alexander Hutchison. 'Sandy' to friends, he was not only a poet of considerable talent - recognised last year when he won the Saltire Prize for Best Collection of Poetry - he gave a great deal of encouragement to young poets. Today we publish three more memories of Sandy.

Alexander Hutchison 1943-2015

The poetry community in Scotland and beyond was saddened and shocked to hear this week of the death of the poet Alexander Hutchison. His friend and fellow poet August Kleinzahler has penned a tribute for the SPL blog.

The Thursday Post: Welcome back

It's an odd feeling. Settling back into the refurbished Library once more after many months away. The place feels familiar and yet so different. We continue to do so many of the things people liked and wanted us to keep doing - loaning books, putting on events, doing the social media thing - but now in a transformed space.

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