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Poetry London's 100th Issue Launch

Please join us for the Scottish launch of Poetry London's 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines.Our special guest, Niall Campbell, one of Scotland’s leading younger poets, and winner of the 2013 Poetry London Prize, will be in conversation with Editor André Naffis-Sahely and reading from his collections Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Noctuary (Bloodaxe Books, 2019).Also reading her own work and favourite poems from the 100th issue will be Ellen McAteer.The launch event will be simultaneously broadcast via Poetry London's YouTube channel. The livestream can be accessed via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-londons-100th-issue-launch-at-the-scottish-poetry-library-youtube-tickets-169824197747This event will include BSL interpretation.Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His second collection Noctuary (Bloodaxe, 2019) was nominated for the Forward Prize. He is currently writing a first libretto for an opera in collaboration with composer Anna Appleby.André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). His work as a literary translator includes titles by Balzac, Zola, Frankétienne, Abdellatif Laâbi and Tahar Ben Jelloun. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and UCLA, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His second collection, High Desert, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2022.Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror, published by Red Squirrel, won First Prize in the New Writer magazine pamphlet competition judged by Helen Mort. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt, a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC Download competition.

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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.

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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - November

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

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Turas Gàidhlig na Leabharlainn / Gaelic Tour of the Library

Thigibh còmhla ris na Leabhrlannaichean againn, Jill Nic an Tòisich agus Toni Velikova, agus Co-òrdanaiche Leasachadh Seirbheis na Gàidhlig againn, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, gus eòlas a chur air stòras farsaing na Gàidhlig san Leabharlainn. Am measg phamflaidean, cho-chruinneachaidhean is duanairean, tha tasgadh coileanta de dh'irisean Gairm ri chnuasachadh, air a dheasachadh le Ruaraidh MacThòmais is sinn a' comharrachadh ceud bliadhna o rugadh e, am bliadhna. Thigibh is cuiribh eòlas air an togalach àlainn againn agus an ealain lèirsinnich a tha na bhroinn. Bidh cothroman faighinn a-mach mu dhèidhinn sgeama nan caraidean againn is pròiseactan na Gàidhlig a tha san amharc.Thèid an turas a chumail sa Bheurla, ach tha fàilte ro chòmhradh is ceistean sa Ghàidhlig.Join librarians Jill Mackintosh and Toni Velikova and Gaelic Service Development Co-ordinator Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, to discover the extensive Gaelic collection the library holds. Including pamphlets, collections and anthologies, we also have a complete archive of Gairm, edited by Derick Thompson, whose centenary we are celebrating this year. Come and discover our beautiful building and the visual art it contains. There will be opportunities to find out about our friends scheme and about Gaelic projects and events in the pipeline.The tour will be conducted in English, but we welcome conversation and questions in Gaelic.

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Poetry London's 100th Issue Launch

Please join us for the Scottish launch of Poetry London's 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines.Our special guest, Niall Campbell, one of Scotland’s leading younger poets, and winner of the 2013 Poetry London Prize, will be in conversation with Editor André Naffis-Sahely and reading from his collections Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Noctuary (Bloodaxe Books, 2019).Also reading her own work and favourite poems from the 100th issue will be Ellen McAteer.The launch event will be simultaneously broadcast via Poetry London's YouTube channel. The livestream can be accessed via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-londons-100th-issue-launch-at-the-scottish-poetry-library-youtube-tickets-169824197747This event will include BSL interpretation.Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His second collection Noctuary (Bloodaxe, 2019) was nominated for the Forward Prize. He is currently writing a first libretto for an opera in collaboration with composer Anna Appleby.André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). His work as a literary translator includes titles by Balzac, Zola, Frankétienne, Abdellatif Laâbi and Tahar Ben Jelloun. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and UCLA, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His second collection, High Desert, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2022.Ellen McAteer, a poet and songwriter, is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror, published by Red Squirrel, won First Prize in the New Writer magazine pamphlet competition judged by Helen Mort. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt, a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC Download competition.

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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Online Mindfulness and Expressive Writing - November

The four-week Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course (MEW) provides an introduction to mindfulness meditation combined with expressive and creative writing practices.Each meditation practice is paired with a poem and a specific expressive writing practice. The course will include six key themes: present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion and loving-kindness. Each session lasts two and a half hours, including a short break. The course will take place on Zoom. Please bring something to write with and wear something you are comfortable meditating in. Lastly, remember to choose a room or quiet space (including something comfortable to sit on) where you can practice each session relatively free from distraction.You do not need to share anything you write however you can share if the opportunity arises, and you are comfortable to do so. We will also have a shared discussion after each practice (feel free to share or listen, whichever is most comfortable for you).The course is open to all people, levels of mindfulness and writing experience. All you need is curiosity and intention to give it a go.• One ticket is for a block of 4 workshops (one each Sunday for four weeks).• A workshop is two and half hours long, with breaks.• Tickets are £100 per block of 4 workshops.• The content of each four-week block will be the same, so there’s no need to buy a ticket for each block.Course facilitatorLed by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course MBLC. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is a poet and mindfulness teacher, who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in High Schools, Libraries, Community Centres. He has published three pamphlets and one full-collection; his most recently collection is ‘Enhanced Fool Disclosure’ with Glasgow-based independent publisher Speculative Books. His poetry features numerous anthologies and has worked published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. In 2018, he won the Out: Spoken Prize for ‘Film Poetry’ and ‘Best Poem’ in London. His poetry was recently shortlisted for the 2019 ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ competition. He is also on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Database, which allows community-based organisations to request him to run works in for their organisation. He received the Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellowship in 2020.Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Friends of the Scottish Poetry Library get 10% off event tickets. Click on the Memberships tab above for more.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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Turas Gàidhlig na Leabharlainn / Gaelic Tour of the Library

Thigibh còmhla ris na Leabhrlannaichean againn, Jill Nic an Tòisich agus Toni Velikova, agus Co-òrdanaiche Leasachadh Seirbheis na Gàidhlig againn, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, gus eòlas a chur air stòras farsaing na Gàidhlig san Leabharlainn. Am measg phamflaidean, cho-chruinneachaidhean is duanairean, tha tasgadh coileanta de dh'irisean Gairm ri chnuasachadh, air a dheasachadh le Ruaraidh MacThòmais is sinn a' comharrachadh ceud bliadhna o rugadh e, am bliadhna. Thigibh is cuiribh eòlas air an togalach àlainn againn agus an ealain lèirsinnich a tha na bhroinn. Bidh cothroman faighinn a-mach mu dhèidhinn sgeama nan caraidean againn is pròiseactan na Gàidhlig a tha san amharc.Thèid an turas a chumail sa Bheurla, ach tha fàilte ro chòmhradh is ceistean sa Ghàidhlig.Join librarians Jill Mackintosh and Toni Velikova and Gaelic Service Development Co-ordinator Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, to discover the extensive Gaelic collection the library holds. Including pamphlets, collections and anthologies, we also have a complete archive of Gairm, edited by Derick Thompson, whose centenary we are celebrating this year. Come and discover our beautiful building and the visual art it contains. There will be opportunities to find out about our friends scheme and about Gaelic projects and events in the pipeline.The tour will be conducted in English, but we welcome conversation and questions in Gaelic.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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