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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.

The Thursday Post: First Line Films

We’re all big film fans at the SPL. For National Poetry Day, we’ve come up with a way to combine our passions – and we need the help of schools!

The Thursday Post: The Kaki Tree

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An event of that magnitude was bound to inspire poets. One, Gerry Loose, was moved in 2002 to bring a 'survivor' of the blasts to Scotland. Our blog tells the story.

The Line Break: Mary Ruefle - Get Lost

In the latest Line Break podcast, Mary Ruefle talks about finding the joy in the solitary act of writing poetry. And there’s more poetry sparks for you to try out, re-working found text with Tippex, and getting lost in language.

Make It Innu

Rachel McCrum on Innu poetry, Quebecois French and swimming pools in Haiti.

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