SPL programme

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.

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Mar 7 Wed

Poetry for Peanuts (March)

at Scottish Poetry Library, 10:30am - 11:30am

A laid-back family poetry hour on the first Wednesday of every month - for children under 5 and their grownups.

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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, SPL programme

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Mar 8 Thu

Gerda Stevenson: A Tribute to the Women of Scotland

at Scottish Poetry Library

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

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Mar 9 Fri

The God Damn Debut Slam

at Scottish Poetry Library

One round, three minutes, new material only.

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

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Mar 12 Mon

Head Lines

at St Cecilia's Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Dr John Gillies and poet Ken Cockburn discuss poetry's place in the world of medicine and care.

Category: discussion, SPL programme

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Mar 16 Fri

Eileen Myles: Afterglow

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

The legendary writer comes to the SPL to talk about poetry and dogs.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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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.

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Mar 17 Sat

My Time: Poetry Celebrating Everyday Creativity in Scotland

at Scottish Poetry Library, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Voluntary Arts Scotland and poets from St Mungo’s Mirrorball for a celebration of the everyday creativity taking place in towns and cities across Scotland.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Mar 20 Tue

Launch: Brian Johnstone’s Juke Box Jeopardy

at Scottish Poetry Library, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Red Squirrel Press invites you to join us for the launch of Brian Johnstone’s poetry pamphlet, Juke Box Jeopardy.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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Mar 22 Thu

Poetry Association of Scotland Presents: Chrys Salt

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

Chrys Salt reads vintage and new work.

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Mar 24 Sat

Clt Alt Del Showcase with Heir of the Cursed

at Scottish Poetry Library, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join the young women from Youth Community Support Agency's group, Clt Alt Del, along with two of their tutors, poet Marjorie Gill and singer songwriter Heir of the Cursed.

Category: live music, live readings, 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 4 Fri

Leyla Josephne's Hopeless

at Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Hopeless examines human suffering through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy.

Category: live readings, performance, 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, SPL programme

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May 23 Wed

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, SPL programme

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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, SPL programme

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jun 26 Tue

El Hombrecito: an Evening with Frank Báez

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

A rare appearance by Frank Baez, the Dominican Republic’s most important young poet and short-story writer.

Category: live readings, SPL programme

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