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An exhibition of newly digitised items from the Scottish Poetry Library’s archive, featuring work by Thomas A. Clark, Julie Johnstone and Heather H. Yeung.
Since November 2018 the SPL has hosted postdoctoral researcher Nell Widger, from the University of Dundee, as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund Innovation Placement scheme.
The aim of the Innovation Placement at the SPL was to pilot the digitisation of innovative poetic forms, to open up the archive collections to website users and offer a glimpse of some of the beautiful, thought-provoking works which can’t normally be displayed on the shelves. This exhibition offers a chance to see some of the originals and to reflect on the practice and value of digitisation.
This will be opportunity to explore the exhibition, both physically and virtually, and enjoy a drink. At 7pm, you are invited to join us on the mezzanine floor for a fascinating, short talk from Nell Widger about her work, the process of digitisation and the aims of the exhibition. The evening will also feature a reading from Heather H. Yeung. Poets Thomas A. Clark and Julie Johnstone will also be present. There will be other objects created by these poets from our collections, not normally on public view, available for you to see and even handle.
Eleanore Widger is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Dundee. In 2018 she completed a PhD in contemporary British ‘radical landscape poetry’, and has published in English and the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.
Digitisation and exhibition supported by the National Productivity Investment Fund, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and the Centre for Poetic Innovation.
Edinburgh, EH8 8DT