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The Thursday Post: Mick Imlah

Mick Imlah (1956-2009) was a poet, editor and reviewer of considerable gifts. This year saw the publication of his Selected Prose. This week's blog gives a taste of the book by reproducing Imlah's review of Douglas Dunn's collection Dante’s Drum-kit, originally published in the Independent on Sunday in 1994.

The Thursday Post: Shining a light on National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is only a week away, and we're getting very excited and making many preparations. Our latest blog looks at some of the events taking place and how you could get involved yourself by making a short film.

The Thursday Post: A Foughten Field

One hundred years ago, on the 25th September 1915, British troops struggled over the top and faced the German lines in the first engagement of the Battle of Loos. It was the most Scottish of all the great battles of the First World War. Our latest blog looks at the poetry it inspired.

The Uses of Poetry

How does poetry step up to the plate when it is more than privates hopes and dreams that people want articulated and shaped?


Vote for the poem you'd like to see super-sized on the side of a building in Edinburgh's Canongate. Five poems to choose from.

Tessa Ransford (1938 – 2015)

Tessa Ransford, the founding director of the Scottish Poetry Library, has died of cancer aged 77. Ken Cockburn, who worked at the Library 1996-2004, the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca, and Director of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland Donald Smith have written these tributes to a creative spirit and outstanding cultural presence.

The Line Break: Hilary Menos - Carrying Language

This month's guest is Hilary Menos, farmer, poet and winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. In this podcast that mixes an interview and writing exercises, Hilary shares some of the crowdpleasing 'bankers' from her poetry set, writing poems in a slaughterhouse, and host Ryan Van Winkle grills Hilary on her Superman knowledge. Plus - more sparks from Ryan.

Angus Dunn - A Tribute

We were sad to learn of the death from motor neurone disease of the Highland poet and writer Angus Dunn, on 27 August. This is an appreciation by his friend Ian Stephen.

The Thursday Post: Do Not Enter My Soul In Your Shoes

When the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited three writers from the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada to present their work in Edinburgh, three Scotland-based poets were invited to work with them. One of the poets, Anna Crowe, writes about the experience.

Elizabeth Burns - A Tribute

Elizabeth Burns, author of four collections of poetry including the tender and light-filled Held, has died after many years of living with cancer. Her friend and poet Gerrie Fellowes pays tribute to Burns.

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