A new exhibition at the Scottish Poetry Library celebrates the diversity of the SPL’s collections. Many people visit us to enjoy our wonderful range of Scottish poetry but not everyone is aware that we hold the works of poets from around the globe, both in English and in other languages.
Our new Assistant Librarian, Toni Velikova, drew on her Bulgarian roots and her interest in global languages and cultures to select these items. The focus is on the unusual and underrepresented pockets of poetry in the world.
Some of the works displayed are recent additions to the collection. They include books, pamphlets and periodicals. All of these items are available to consult in the Library.
Items on display
Books and pamphlets
Scars is a poetry collection by celebrated Bulgarian poet Blaga Dimitrova.
Mother Tongue is a multicultural pamphlet by Michael Kerins, with foreword by Edwin Morgan.
Kora is a poetry pamphlet by Tibetan poet Tenzin Tsundue.
Smell of Earth and Clay: East Greenland Songs with poetry from the icy shores of Greenland.
Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas featuring the voices of over 80 poets.
The End of a Regime? An Anthology has writing by Scottish-South African poets against Apartheid.
Modern Poetry from Papua New Guinea for verse from this rarely explored part of Oceania.
Terrains Vagues, Terrains Precis contains bilingual poems from Paul Roddie in French and English
Japanese Death Poems showcases the diversity in form often seen Japanese poetry
Whetu Moana is an anthology of Polynesian poetry