For people who love words, who have built their identity around them, the thought of losing their ability to express themselves is one that fills them with dread. It doesn't have to be that way though. A recent visit by Alzheimer's Scotland to the SPL made us think a little bit differently about dementia.
Ryan Van Winkle is an old friend of the SPL. He is about to embark on a book tour, but before then he's on a virtual book tour of poetry websites. Given our links, we're very pleased that today he's arrived on our virtual doorstep. We asked him five questions...
BBC Radio Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, is looking for its first poet-in-residence. This is a great opportunity for a relatively new voice to speak to the country. Find out how in our blog.
We've worked with experimental poetry night CAESURA before, but on May 14, we're doing something a little special - a sound poetry showcase that's part of this year's European Literature Night. What is CAESURA? What is sound-poetry? Click for the answers!
Opening this summer, the Corbenic Poetry Path features work by contemporary Scottish poets etched onto the landscape. Over the course of the path, you'll encounter the words of Scottish poets carved in stone, encased in resin, painted on glass, printed on beehives, and in many other forms. We're delighted to be able to share some exclusive images of the path.
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.
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.
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.