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The Thursday Post: Twenty Days of Best Scottish Poems 2015

Last month we launched the twelfth edition of our online anthology Best Scottish Poems, this time covering 2015 and ably edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. As has become a tradition here, we treated each poem to a day as our Poem of the Moment on our homepage. Here's a gallery of our BSP 2015 Poem of the Moments.

The Thursday Post: 400 years of Shakespeare

This weekend we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Our blog outlines the beginning of the Shakespeare industry, a few of the events marking the anniversary and what the SPL can offer fans of the bard.

The Thursday Post: A Year, and an Hour, in Beadnell

The SPL hosts a unique event, An Hour In Beadnell, on Thursday 29 April. A tribute to the author and environmentalist Rachel Carson, the event combines poetry, a presentation and sound installation. Our blog has all the details.

The Thursday Post: Magpie Scraps

Mostly the magpie is represented as a bully, a thief, and worse. Are the poets right to put the boot into magpies with such gusto? Our Assistant Librarian Lizzie mulls over how poets have treated the bird.

The Line Break - Paula Meehan: People Make The Songs

In the latest Line Break podcast, Paula Meehan speaks about her Catholic upbringing, and the role of private speech in the public domain.

The Thursday Post: Best Scottish Poems 2015

We published our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2015 earlier this week, guest edited by poet and novelist Ken MacLeod. We give you the inside story of the collection and why we've awarded Ken the SPL Order of Merit gold medal!

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.

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