Our weekly blog bringing you news of and links to an array of interesting things we’ve found online, from actors reading poems to online courses to virtual festivals.
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Catch up with the Poetry Unbound podcast, which features explorations of single poems, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. New episodes on Monday and Friday during the season. Click here to listen.
As part of Paisley Radicals project Civil Disobedience and Renfrewshire Council are running a series of free, creative online workshops, starting this month. Workshops are open to anyone 14+ with a Renfrewshire postcode.
The 35th Cúirt International Festival of Literature will be taking place online from April 23 – 25, 2020. Want to know who’s taking part? Click here.
Feeling isolated? You’re not alone. Join Tara Skurtu‘s #InternationalPoetryCircle, where you’ll find video poems by poets and poetry lovers on Twitter.
SPL alumnus Peggy Hughes gives weekly book recommendations – including short stories, nature writing and historical fiction. Poetry too, I’m expecting. You can find her thoughts here.
If you are a teacher or a student, check out Poetry Education from the Poetry Society Want access to their free online poetry education resources for all key stages and beyond? Look up their new Learning from Home page.
Of course, the SPL has lots of links for poetry in education too – check out our Learning page on the website.
Positive Change Arts Projects Presents: Saturday Socials for disabled and chronically ill members and allies of LGBTQIA+ communities. Arts and Crafts, Games, Karaoke, Quizzes, Workshops and more… The Socials are hosted by Kerry and Raleigh. Every Saturday until further notice, 7pm to 8.30pm. Please email Kerry at email@example.com for the weekly Zoom link.
As part of their annual writing project – Your Stories – the Scottish Book Trust is asking people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Future’. Every entry will appear on their website and a selection will be published in a free book for Book Week Scotland. The closing date is 5 June. More details here.
The Globe are showing free performances of Shakespeare plays here.
Our friends at Open Book tell us they’ve gone virtual. Open Book Unbound is their virtual home for the coming weeks while restrictions remain in place. ‘It’s where we’ll be sharing stories, poems and online resources each week,’ they say, ‘to help keep us all reading, writing and connecting while we can’t meet together in person. We’ll be holding new weekly virtual shared reading groups online – open to anyone and everyone. There’s also a weekly Open Book Unbound Podcast which we’ll post here ready for you to download.’
And, finally, a pamphlet launch. User Stories , which is published by Stewed Rhubarb Press, is a poetry pamphlet by C.D. Boyland, edited by David ‘Dave’ Coates. Says here that the pamphlet ‘addresses the knife-edge dilemmas of modern living, drawing on imagery from the ancient past to the present day.’ User Stories is available directly from Stewed Rhubarb and from independent bookshops everywhere.