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Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A gentle, guided writing group for people living with Long Covid, run by Lesley MacNiven. No writing experience or love of poetry required - these workshops are intended as an empathetic means to connect with peers and share thoughts and feelings.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue SPL Zoom

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Fiona Sampson and Alison Grant

To celebrate the last days of their exhibition Stone Moon at the Scottish Poetry Library, join poet Fiona Sampson and artist Alison Grant for an in-person discussion, poetry reading and viewing.The Stone Moon works were inspired by poems from Sampson’s most recent collection Come Down (Corsair 2020). They are not mere illustrations, however, but what Grant calls “portraits of the poems”. While they remain true to the mood and imagery of the poems, they also contain the rhythm and intonation of the poet’s voice, traces of weather and the changing seasons and samples of soil and mud, spring water and vegetation gathered by Sampson herself from landscapes significant to her during the composition of Come Down. In the exhibition Grant explores the nature of poetry itself, the ways of being of poetry and the tension between text and voice, between stuff and breath, between the noumenal and the phenomenal.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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John Hegley In Person: Workshop

John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils.' The IndependentAhead of his evening performance at the SPL, join award winning performance poet and National Treasure John Hegley for a Saturday morning workshop. A playful, word-ful 90 minutes in which time you will be invited to write a bird and a fish (which may wish to dive down deeply), draw a bit and discover some startling associations…all with mandolin accompaniment and free fig rolls.No experience necessary. Workshop will be in-person only at the SPL and numbers will be strictly limited to 10. The workshop room is well ventilated and Covid protocols will be in place.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Meeting Room 1

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Hegley on Keats

"“Constant juggling of poetry, music and comedy created a unique and quirky one-man cabaret from a visually challenged Luton lad who's become an unlikely national treasure.” Norwich Evening News.A welcome return for friend of the SPL, John Hegley. Come and hear old favourites about guillemots, glasses and dogs alongside poems from John’s brand-new pamphlet.A Scarcity of Biscuit is a look at the letters (of John Keats) in the light of the poet's affinity with hats, family, medicine and celery. And also his association with kennels, the French and fig rolls.Event will be in-person at the SPL only. The SPL is well ventilated and Covid protocols will be in place.'John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils.' The Independent"

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A gentle, guided writing group for people living with Long Covid, run by Lesley MacNiven. No writing experience or love of poetry required - these workshops are intended as an empathetic means to connect with peers and share thoughts and feelings.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue SPL Zoom

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In Person

Fiona Sampson and Alison Grant

To celebrate the last days of their exhibition Stone Moon at the Scottish Poetry Library, join poet Fiona Sampson and artist Alison Grant for an in-person discussion, poetry reading and viewing.The Stone Moon works were inspired by poems from Sampson’s most recent collection Come Down (Corsair 2020). They are not mere illustrations, however, but what Grant calls “portraits of the poems”. While they remain true to the mood and imagery of the poems, they also contain the rhythm and intonation of the poet’s voice, traces of weather and the changing seasons and samples of soil and mud, spring water and vegetation gathered by Sampson herself from landscapes significant to her during the composition of Come Down. In the exhibition Grant explores the nature of poetry itself, the ways of being of poetry and the tension between text and voice, between stuff and breath, between the noumenal and the phenomenal.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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Workshop

John Hegley In Person: Workshop

John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils.' The IndependentAhead of his evening performance at the SPL, join award winning performance poet and National Treasure John Hegley for a Saturday morning workshop. A playful, word-ful 90 minutes in which time you will be invited to write a bird and a fish (which may wish to dive down deeply), draw a bit and discover some startling associations…all with mandolin accompaniment and free fig rolls.No experience necessary. Workshop will be in-person only at the SPL and numbers will be strictly limited to 10. The workshop room is well ventilated and Covid protocols will be in place.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Meeting Room 1

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Hegley on Keats

"“Constant juggling of poetry, music and comedy created a unique and quirky one-man cabaret from a visually challenged Luton lad who's become an unlikely national treasure.” Norwich Evening News.A welcome return for friend of the SPL, John Hegley. Come and hear old favourites about guillemots, glasses and dogs alongside poems from John’s brand-new pamphlet.A Scarcity of Biscuit is a look at the letters (of John Keats) in the light of the poet's affinity with hats, family, medicine and celery. And also his association with kennels, the French and fig rolls.Event will be in-person at the SPL only. The SPL is well ventilated and Covid protocols will be in place.'John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils.' The Independent"

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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