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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!

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.

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