Recently, a survey by website Earth FM shed light on the alarming levels of noise pollution plaguing the city, ranking it among the most cacophonous urban centres in the world. Amidst this clamor-and just across the road from the SPL-lies a wee oasis of serenity – Dunbar Close Gardens, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
In association with Hospitalfield-the Arts Organisation and Residency Centre in Arbroath-, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library we are inviting poets to apply for a funded residency based at the New Scriptorium in the grounds of historic Arbroath Abbey. There are two residency opportunities available: – one ‘local’ 5-day writing residency – one ‘distant’ 2 week writing residency with […]
A stellar line-up of Gaelic poets join us to celebrate the anniversary of Duncan Ban MacIntyre.
Tatour’s poetry is an invitation towards observation and understanding, not only about what the violence is, but also what it means and how it scars.
*Image generated by AI with the prompt “a group of Scottish poets on a hill” Scottish Poetry Library Deputy Director Aly Barr writes… We have an online bookshop (Bookshop.org) for which we provide our own lists of books we recommend. Thinking it might be nice to recommend a few Scottish poetry books published in 2023 […]
Who would you like to see added to the Scottish Poetry Library’s Online Guide to Scottish Poets? Is there anyone you think deserves to be on it but is currently missing? The annual nomination process is now open until 31st January 2024. The guide was produced to provide a reference for anyone researching Scottish poetry. […]
Exploring Science through Poetry Dr Sam Illingworth is a poet and Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University whose work and research focuses on using poetry as a medium through which to develop dialogues between different publics. During October and November of this year, Edinburgh Napier University, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, embarked on […]
by Sean Wai Keung One of the first things I learn is that Arbroath Abbey can be seen from most parts of the town. Combined with its age and grandeur, this gives the structure a towering presence. I’m here as part of a joint residency with the Scottish Poetry Library, the Arbroath 2020 committee, and […]
When you are old and gray and full of sleep,And nodding by the fire, take down this book,And slowly read, and dream of the soft lookYour eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; William Butler Yeats, When You Are Old The Open University in Scotland is hosting a Poetry & Ageing Café at the […]
We are an island ourselves, of course, and one that is becoming increasingly insular. We forget, at our peril, just how close we are to other cultures, and just how close those cultures are to ours.
In Caracas, many of the readings were in the magnificent Teatro Bolívar, often to more than a thousand people.
A new exhibition of paintings inspired by the glamour of cinema, free to the public during our opening hours from Wednesday 27th September until Friday 3rd November. Early Hollywood movies were a useful promotional tool for furriers and hairdressers, recently emigrated from Hungary, to sell their wares to a wider audience. Advertising the idea of […]