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The SPL Podcast: TS Eliot Prize-winner Sarah Howe

September 24, 2016
by The Scottish Poetry Library

In this podcast, T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sarah Howe talks to Jennifer Williams about kicking off the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival, writing with multiple languages and alphabets, sense and non-sense in poetry and much more. Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first...

In Greeneland

September 24, 2016
by Alan Taylor

From our chief editor and writer-at-large.

Crichton’s Close, 20 September 2016

September 20, 2016
by Colin Waters

I am sitting in a rather scruffy square in Madrid, on annual leave from the Scottish Poetry Library. On the bench in front of me two workmen take a break. Painted onto the back of the bench is ‘Lorca’, a reference to arguably Spain’s most important poet of the twentieth century, certainly one...

McBooker

September 19, 2016
by Alan Taylor

From our chief editor and writer-at-large.

Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist

September 13, 2016
by SRB

Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Thien have been announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Their names were announced by 2016 Chair of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman, at a press conference at the offices...

Gates Back Where They Belong

September 12, 2016
by CR Mackintosh

HISTORIC gates, located next to the University of Edinburgh’s graduation venue, the McEwan Hall, will not now be sold off after a campaign first highlighted in the Scottish Review of Books. Writing on this website, the architectural historian, David Black, described the proposed sell-off as ‘an...

Crichton’s Close, 12 September 2016

September 10, 2016
by Colin Waters

The Scottish Poetry Library runs a modestly successful series of podcasts, with two new podcasts per month. We get somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 downloads drawn from our entire series of podcasts every week. Our audience is based chiefly in Britain and North America, although our podcasts have attracted...

Elgin Marvel

September 10, 2016
by Alan Taylor

From our chief editor and writer-at-large.

The SPL Podcast: Don Paterson and Krystelle Bamford

September 8, 2016
by The Scottish Poetry Library

Two poets, one podcast. Krystelle Bamford and Don Paterson are reading together at the Scottish Poetry Library at an event we’re holding on Wednesday 23 November, 6pm. Tickets are £7 (£5). Bamford was born in the US but has been living in Edinburgh for over five years now. She completed an MLitt...

Crichton’s Close, 5th Sept 2016

September 5, 2016
by Colin Waters

Regular blog from our resident insider at the Scottish Poetry Library