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Jan 23 Tue

StAnza Edinburgh Preview

at National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A preview of the acts taking part in this year's StAnza poetry festival. With Miriam Gamble, Jay Whittiker and Andrew Blair, plus music by the Tone Poets.

Category: live readings

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Jan - Mar 25 - 15 Thu

Pith and Power: A Celebration of Robert Burns

at Saltire Society, 9 Fountain Close, Edinburgh, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Exhibition on the political poetry of Robert Burns.

Category: exhibition

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Jan 25 Thu

An evening with Robert Burns Live

at The Salisbury Arms, 58 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AD

Christopher Tait is 'Scotland's leading Burns performer'.

Category: live readings

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Feb 1 Thu

Poetry Association of Scotland: Annual General Meeting

at Scottish Poetry Library

The Poetry Association of Scotland's members meet to read poems.

Category: discussion

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Feb 1 Thu

St Mungo's Mirrorball Showcase 7

at CCA, Glasgow

With Michael Longley, Rishi Dastidar and Ciara MacLaverty.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Feb 1 Thu

This Script (And Other Drafts)

at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Netherbow Theatre, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

An evening of new work exploring sexual politics, gender, feminism and more

Category: live readings

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Feb 3 Sat

Wild Women Writing Workshop

at Scottish Poetry Library, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Wild Women Writing Workshops are designed to help overcome barriers holding you back by connecting you with your inner wild woman.

Category: workshop

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Feb 6 Tue

Poetry by Heart Scotland: Edinburgh regional heat

at Scottish Poetry Library, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Edinburgh regional heat of the Poetry by Heart Scotland poetry recital competition for secondary school pupils.

Category: competition

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Feb 7 Wed

Mistress of Unease: The Poetry of Muriel Spark

at National Galleries of Scotland, 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Former Edinburgh Makar, Stewart Conn responds to Muriel Spark's poetry.

Category: talk

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Feb 8 Thu

Shoreline of Infinity: Event Horizon

at Frankenstein, 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN

An evening of sci-fi themed poetry, prose and music.

Category: live music, live readings

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Feb 10 Sat

Launch of Elizabeth Rimmer’s new collection, Haggards

at Scottish Poetry Library

Red Squirrel Press invites you join us for the launch of Elizabeth Rimmer’s third full-length poetry collection, Haggards.

Category: book launch, SPL programme

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Feb 13 Tue

Bella Caledonia with Kathryn Joseph, Siobhan Wilson and Liz Lochhead

at The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 7:30pm - 11:30pm

Fundraiser with Liz Lochhead.

Category: live music, live readings

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Feb 13 Tue

Bella Caledonia with Kathryn Joseph, Siobhan Wilson and Liz Lochhead

at The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 7:30pm - 11:30pm

Fundraiser with Liz Lochhead.

Category: live music, live readings

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Feb 16 Fri

The Wikipedia Slam

at Scottish Poetry Library, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A witty and unusual spin on slams using Wikipedia, wit and deception.

Category: live readings, performance poetry & slams, SPL programme

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Feb 16 Fri

Broken Hearts

at The Bongo Club 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX

A night of poetry cabaret on theme of being in and out of love.

Category: live music, live readings

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Feb 17 Sat

Workshop: Improvisation and Performance for Poets

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Become a better performer of your own work.

Category: SPL programme, workshop

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Feb 22 Thu

Edinburgh Villanelle: A Celebration of Muriel Spark with Elaine Feinstein and Alan Taylor

at Scottish Poetry Library

A conversation about Muriel Spark's legacy, plus a poetry reading by Elaine Feinstein.

Category: discussion, live readings, SPL programme

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Feb 23 Fri

Lost Poets of Scotland: Wikipedia Editathon

at Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT, 10:00am - 4:30pm

A full day or training and content creation relating to forgotten female poets of Scotland using the resources available at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Category: SPL programme

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Feb 24 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: Muriel Spark

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

To mark the centenary of the birth of one of Edinburgh's greatest writers, our first Easy Morning Poems reading group session tackles Muriel Spark and her poetry.

Category: reading groups, SPL programme

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Mar 7 Wed

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA, 8:00am - 11:00pm

With Liz Lochhead, Ko Un, Rachael Boast, and many, many more.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Mar 7 Wed

PAS: The Hugh MacDiarmid Lecture - Professor Gerry Carruthers on W.S. Graham

at Scottish Poetry Library

In the year of W.S. Graham's centenary, Professor Carruthers lectures on the poet.

Category: lectures & seminars

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Mar 8 Thu

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA, 8:00am - 11:00pm

With Liz Lochhead, Ko Un, Rachael Boast, and many, many more.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Mar 8 Thu

Gerda Stevenson: A Tribute to the Women of Scotland

at Scottish Poetry Library

The launch of Quines in the Frame: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland by Gerda Stevenson.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Mar 9 Fri

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA, 8:00am - 11:00pm

With Liz Lochhead, Ko Un, Rachael Boast, and many, many more.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Mar 10 Sat

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA, 8:00am - 11:00pm

With Liz Lochhead, Ko Un, Rachael Boast, and many, many more.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Mar 11 Sun

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival

at Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA, 8:00am - 11:00pm

With Liz Lochhead, Ko Un, Rachael Boast, and many, many more.

Category: festivals, live readings

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Mar 17 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: Sean O'Brien

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

A reading group on the contemporary English poet Sean O'Brien.

Category: reading groups, SPL programme

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Mar 27 Tue

Sean O'Brien

at Scottish Poetry Library

Sean O'Brien reads as part of the University of Edinburgh's Visiting Writers Series.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Mar 29 Thu

Ken Cockburn: Floating the Woods

at Scottish Poetry Library, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The launch of Ken Cockburn's new collection, Floating the Woods.

Category: book launch, live readings, SPL programme

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Apr 21 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: John Burnside

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

A reading group focusing on the poetry of John Burnside.

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Apr 26 Thu

Crazy Kings and Rising Waters: An Evening with John Burnside

at Scottish Poetry Library, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Poetry Prize-winner John Burnside returns to the SPL for a lecture, reading and Q and A.

Category: lectures & seminars, live readings, SPL programme

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May 9 Wed

Light and Shade: Sarah Stewart and Russell Jones

at Scottish Poetry Library

A double launch of new Tapsalteerie pamphlets.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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May 12 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: Caroline Bird

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Our reading group tackles poet Caroline Bird's work.

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May 12 Sat

Men With Coconuts: Slamprov

at Scottish Poetry Library

Award-winning improvisational comedy troupe has some fun with the world of spoken word.

Category: performance poetry & slams, SPL programme, spoken word

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May 16 Wed

'A Good Death’ Poetry Café

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 1:00pm

In partnership with Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, The Scottish Poetry Library will be creating a space in which we can discuss what we mean by a ‘Good Death’ and how we may plan for one.

Category: discussion

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May 23 Wed

Literature Across Frontiers: When Latvia Met Scotland

at Scottish Poetry Library

With Scotland's Ryan Van Winkle, Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Katherine Sowerby, William Letford and MacGillivray, and, from Latvia, Katrīna Rudzīte, Henriks Zēgners, Inga Pizāne, and Eduards Eipurs.

Category: live readings

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May 31 Thu

Lord Fox: A Fable, with music

at Scottish Poetry Library, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and contemporary harpist Esther Swift comes a dark and transporting new performance, Lord Fox.

Category: live music, live readings

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Jun 7 Thu

In These Days of Prohibition: an Evening with Caroline Bird

at Scottish Poetry Library, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection, In These Days of Prohibition.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Jun 9 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: W.S. Graham

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

To mark W.S. Graham's centenary, June's Easy Morning Poems reading group is dedicated to Graham.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Jun 9 Sat

'The bluff, heave and hill-side of Arthur's Seat': A Poetry Hike

at Scottish Poetry Library / Arthur's Seat, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Join poet Yvonne Reddick for a hike through Holyrood Park and up Arthur’s Seat, where we’ll read poems by writers known for their love of walking and a link to the local area.

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Jun 14 Thu

'Language is where the people are': W.S. Graham at 100

at Scottish Poetry Library

Join Alan Gillis, Jackie Kay and Nuala Watt for a night celebrating W.S. Graham's centenary.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Jun 23 Sat

Easy Morning Poems: Yvonne Reddick

at Scottish Poetry Library, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Our reading group focuses on 'ecopoet' Yvonne Reddick.

Category: reading groups, SPL programme

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