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Behind the scenes at the Scottish Poetry Library

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The Thursday Post: Late Style

We're launching a new project about creativity and ageing, Late Style. Poets Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver and Diana Hendry are taking part. This blog has a recording embedded in it featuring Dunn, Feaver and Hendry talking about their work on the project, how ageing has affected their creativity, and why you never retire when you’re a poet.

The Thursday Post: Aye Write

We're excited about Aye Write, which starts this weekend, not only because we have our own Best Scottish Poems 2014 showcase event; the organisers are giving a third of their tickets. To claim, read this blog.

The Thursday Post: Packing Up

Work on the SPL building is about to begin! The contract is signed, the movers booked, and we’re packing. Find out how we're managing with the move - and we're going to be doing while out of the building.

The Thursday Post: A Good Cause

We’re delighted to be working with the Refugee Survival Trust to host a fundraiser on 9 April, 6.30pm at Lauriston Hall in Edinburgh. Learn why we're working with them and what you can expect on the night.

The Thursday Post: Best Scottish Poems 2014

We're launching our Best Scottish Poems 2014 anthology, an online collection bringing together the best Scottish poetry of last year. Find out who's made the cut and what plans we have to mark the occasion.

The Thursday Post: Reverting to Type

We've been changing the way we work with regards to access to the library and equalities recently. We've been working with the deaf and those who have hearing difficulties, one of whom recently asked us a question about our podcasts that you might be able to help us answer.

The Thursday Post: Sci-Kus!

The Edinburgh Science Festival has launched an exciting science-inspired poetry competition. We reveal the details after revisiting the science-fiction poems we have on our shelves.

The Thursday Post: StAnza

Scotland’s leading poetry festival StAnza returns, bringing poets from around Britain and the world to St Andrews for 5 days of performances, panels and special events. We've been lucky to be able to record many of the poets featured, as our blog reveals.

The Thursday Post: Confessions of a poetry critic

Writing poetry criticism can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned reviewer. One hack confesses all - and why a new course run by the SPL could make such fears a thing of the past.

The Thursday Post: Homage to Tsvetaeva

SPL Director Robyn Marsack recently visited Moscow where she made a pilgrimage to the home of poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Read her account of how moved she was to be in the same space once shared not only by Tsvetaeva, but Pasternak and Mandelstam.

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