The latest issue of the Scottish Poetry Library’s bi-annual newsletter, the Poetry Reader, is out now and available to collect for free from your friendly neighbourhood SPL. What’s in it?
• We mark the centenaries of Muriel Spark, W.S. Graham and Margaret Tait, previewing events later this year celebrating their lives and work. In addition to a poem by Spark on the front page (many thanks to David Higham Associates and Carcanet for permission to use the poem), we also have a competition where you can win a copy of Alan Taylor’s memoir Appointment in Arezzo: a friendship with Muriel Spark (otherwise available from Polygon priced £12.99).
• Musician Roddy Woomble (Idlewild and solo) discusses reading a year’s worth of Scottish poetry as he takes up the role of editor of our annual online anthology Best Scottish Poems.
• Lesley Duncan, the Herald’s poetry editor, discusses choosing a daily poem for the paper for over 20 years.
• We profile the new Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence.
• Annie Rutherford, Programme Co-ordinator at StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, discusses her poetic passions.
• Poet Christine De Luca’s Icelandic translator talks us through his process.
• And much, much more!
If you are a member of our Friends of the SPL scheme, you will already have been sent a copy of the Poetry Reader. In return for joining, Friends receive other benefits such as our events programme delivered (twice a year) and concession rates on full price tickets; ten percent discount in our shop, within the Library and online; free postal borrowing throughout the UK; and voting rights at our AGM and delivery of our Annual Review. Memberships range in price from £25 to £35. It makes a great gift, whether for a loved one or for oneself!
Click here to find out more about our Friends scheme.