Events

Welcome to our listing of poetry events throughout Scotland. Please use the registration form to register your own event. Events that are part of the SPL’s own programme are marked with a leaf.

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Aug - Oct 21 - 23 Thu

Poetry for the Palace: a Talk and a Walk

at Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery

A 10-minute exploration of the exhibition Poetry for the Palace

Category: exhibitions, talks

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Sep - Dec 24 - 11 Wed - Thu

Drama Queens

at Glasgow Women's Library, 23 Landressy Street, G401BP

Our fabulous Drama Queens sessions explore some of the all-women plays we have in the archives, from powerful suffragette plays to comedy sketches.

Category: reading groups

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Oct 2 Thu

Poetry in the Attic: The Attic at the Kings Theatre

at King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join established poet and mentor, Jacqui Rowe, for a unique poetry workshop exploring themes of war and responses to war. These sessions are designed to develop creativity and writing skills by exploring sensory deprivation and shared interpretation. Any poem created in this workshop can be submitted to the national poetry competition, War Poetry for Today.

Category: free events, workshop

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Oct 2 Thu

Poetry in the Attic: The Attic at the Kings Theatre

at King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Reflect on WW1 and write poems relevant to today's climate of war and peace. Elspeth Murray has been poet in residence at conferences, businesses, charities, schools, and libraries. Her workshops are stimulating, interactive, often multi-sensory and suitable for all ages. Come on your own, with friends, with children. Any poem created in this workshop can be submitted to the national poetry competition, War Poetry for Today.

Category: free events, workshop

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Oct 2 Thu

Words of the War Poets

at Main House, King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

To celebrate National Poetry Day and as part of the World War One centenary, Edinburgh King’s Theatre and the Touring Consortium Theatre Company are hosting this insightful and entertaining look at works of the famous war poets, Sassoon and Owen, who visited Craiglockhart hospital as shell shock patients, and Graves who visited Sassoon whilst he was there. Hosted by Alistair McCleery, professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University, and accompanied by three cast members from the world premiere production of Pat Barker’s Regeneration, Words of the War Poets is a delightful mix of poetry readings, historical insight and an opportunity to learn a little more about the fascinating Craiglockhart hospital.

Category: free events

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Oct 2 Thu

Michael Longley: Remembering War

at National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW

National Poetry Day’s theme this year is ‘Remember’. Join us to mark the day with poet Michael Longley.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Oct 4 Sat

Red Squirrel Press: Launch of Double Bill anthology

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Launch of Double Bill anthology, the sequel to Split Screen, both edited by Andy Jackson and featuring readings by many contributors.

Category: book launches

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Oct 6 Mon

South Queensferry Poetry Workshop

at South Queensferry Library, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Poetry workshop with Ryan Van Winkle.

Category: workshops

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Oct 6 Mon

Tricolour

at National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW

Monthly event showcasing three different poetry and spoken word talents.

Category: live readings, spoken word

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Oct 8 Wed

Carol Ann Duffy: An Evening with the Laureate and her Poetry

at Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Poet Laureate is accompanied by virtuoso musician John Sampson.

Category: exhibitions, live music, live readings

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Oct 9 Thu

Poetry and Coffee

at Henderson's Cafe, 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, 10:30am - 11:30am

Linda Menzies, Tom Hubbard and Nalini Paul will be reading selections from their poetry.

Category: live readings

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Oct 9 Thu

Caesura @ SPL

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Experimental poetry wonder-night Caesura comes to the SPL.

Category: SPL programme, spoken word

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Oct 11 Sat

A Bird is not a Stone

at Supper Room, Town Hall, Queens Gardens, St Andrews KY16 9TA

A presentation of contemporary poetry from Palestine, as translated by a wealth of Scottish poets.

Category: live readings

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Oct 12 Sun

Luminate Poetry Slam

at Ghillie Dhu,2, Rutland Place, Edinburgh,EH1 2AD

Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 October 2014

Category: festivals, performance poetry & slams

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Oct 15 Wed

PAS Autumn Readings: Sheila Templeton

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

PAS event with Sheila Templeton

Category: live readings, Poetry Association of Scotland

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Oct 15 Wed

The Poetry of Science

at Dalkeith Library, Dalkeith

Join the Tyne & Esk Writers writers group as they read some unusual poems on the theme of science, but often with extra hidden gems of truth as well.

Category: live readings

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Oct 16 Thu

‘Late Ripeness’: Poems About Memory and Ageing

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

A Living Voices event and part of <em>Luminate</em>: Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

Category: festivals, live readings, SPL programme

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Oct 17 - 19 Fri - Sun

Writing Root & Claw

at Haybergill Centre, Nr Appleby, Cumbria

Come along to a stimulating weekend of writing and discussion around ecological themes.

Category: short courses & writers retreats & one-off workshops, workshops

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Oct 17 Fri

Timothy Donnelly

at University of Edinburgh, Lecture theatre G.06, 50 George Square

The SPL is thrilled to welcome American poet and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Timothy Donnelly.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Oct 17 Fri

Rally & Broad presents: Bigmouth Strikes Again! (Edinburgh)

at The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh

With Inua Ellams, Anneliese Mackintosh, Hailey Beavis, Toby Campion and other special guests.

Category: live music, spoken word

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Oct 18 Sat

The Poetry Society surgeries with John Glenday

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor John Glenday.

Category: SPL programme, workshops

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Oct 21 Tue

Nothing But the Poem: Wislawa Szymborska

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Poetry reading group. This week: Wislawa Szymborska

Category: reading groups, SPL programme

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Oct 22 Wed

South Queensferry Evening of Poetry and Song

at South Queensferry Library, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Evening in support of South Queensferry Library Poetry Competition

Category: live readings, open mic sessions

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Oct 22 Wed

Joseph Lee, War Poet

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

WWI poet Joseph Lee was famous in his own lifetime, but has since been forgotten.

Category: festivals, talks

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Oct 23 Thu

Pitch Live!

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN, 10:00am - 12:00pm

With author Kirsty Gunn and poet Lindsay MacGregor

Category: festivals, talks

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Oct 23 Thu

Poem and a Piece: Michael Schmidt

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Michael Schmidt in conversation with Maggie McKernan.

Category: festivals, live readings, talks

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Oct 23 Thu

MLitt Creative Writers

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

MLitt Creative Writers – the cream of the University of Dundee’s MLitt crop strut their stuff.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Oct 23 Thu

Zaffar Kunial and John Glenday

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

The SPL are delighted to showcase the work of the current Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence Zaffar Kunial alongside award-winning Scottish poet John Glenday.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Oct 24 Fri

Bounce and Tickle

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Rhyme, songs and stories for little ones aged 0-12 months.

Category: festivals

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Oct 24 Fri

Scottish Book Trust, Ms Battenberg’s Tea Room

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Scottish Book Trust’s New Writer Awardees at Dundee Literary Festival

Category: festivals, live readings

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Oct 24 Fri

‘Doctors in books, books for doctors’:Tools of the Trade & A Doctor’s Line

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

A look at medicine and literature, and the longstanding and complementary relationship between the two.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Oct 24 Fri

Culture Laser Live

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Weekly podcast series, The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser, enters Dundee Literary Festival.

Category: festivals, spoken word

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Oct 25 Sat

Whaleback City Walking Tour

at meet at Bonar Hall, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Dundee’s first Makar (poet laureate for the city) W.N. (Bill) Herbert invites you on a tour of Dundee by poetry.

Category: festivals, live readings, walks & tours

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Oct 25 Sat

Nothing But the Poem: Wislawa Szymborska

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Poetry reading group. This week: Wislawa Szymborska.

Category: reading groups, SPL programme

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Oct 25 Sat

Poem and a Piece: Tom Pow and Brian Johnstone

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

A lunchtime adventure guaranteed from the comfort of the Bonar Hall.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Oct 25 Sat

Writing Showcase: Nethergate Writers

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Nethergate writers will read from their latest anthology of new work.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Oct 25 Sat

Kate Tempest: Scottish Launch

at The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, EH1 1JX

The Scottish launch of Kate Tempest's new collection.

Category: live readings

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Oct 25 Sat

New Portsound

at Bonar Hall, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

New Portsound is delighted to host a night as part of the Dundee Literary Festival.

Category: festivals, live music, spoken word

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Oct 26 Sun

Kei Miller: Poem and a Piece

at Bonar Hall, Nethergate, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN

An unforgettable performer, Kei will read from his 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Oct 26 Sun

Rally & Broad presents: Bigmouth Strikes Again (Glasgow)

at Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

With Rachel Amey, A New International, Kieran Hurley, Leyla Josephine and Declan Welsh.

Category: live music, spoken word

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Oct 28 Tue

SPL Poetry Workshop

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Writing workshop at the Scottish Poetry Library

Category: SPL programme, workshops

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Oct 28 Tue

The Word is Scots: Liz Lochhead and the Mother Tongue

at Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Liz Lochhead, National Poet for Scotland, puts the use of Scots in poetry under the microscope.

Category: exhibitions, live readings, talks

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Oct 29 Wed

PAS Autumn Readings: Book Launches

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Book launches from Mario Relich and Elspeth Brown

Category: book launches, Poetry Association of Scotland

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Oct 30 Thu

Magazine Showcase: Far Off Places

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

This season the SPL magazine showcase returns for a Halloween special with Far Off Places, a small magazine with international scope.

Category: live readings, SPL programme, talks

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