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Alan Spence: Edinburgh Come All Ye

Wed Sept 7th at 7pm. Free but ticketed. Join former Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence as he reflects on his time as the city's poet laureate with a brand new collection of poems Edinburgh Come All Ye. During his time as the Edinburgh Makar, Spence saw great changes in Edinburgh – and throughout the world – politically, socially and environmentally. Spence reflects upon these changes whilst appreciating the present wonder, rich history and blossoming future that Edinburgh has with wit, honesty and vivacity.Throughout the book are stunning artworks by artists such as Victoria Crowe, Alison Watt, Rose Strang, David Williams and Joyce Gunn Cairns. These artworks emphasise the changes that Spence witnessed, but also add new dimensions to the book which allow Spence’s work to soar.

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Behind the Scenes at the Poetry Library

Every second Wednesday of the month at 12pm. A free (but ticketed) guided tour of the Scottish Poetry Library at lunchtime, led by the librarians. Join us to discover the treasures of Scottish poetry and the history of the world’s only purpose-built poetry library. The tour takes roughly 40 minutes and includes a handling session with unseen treasures from the Scottish Poetry Library archive.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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Poetry in Practice: a 10 week poetry course with Jim C. Wilson

From Thu 15th Sept, 2-4pm for 10 weeks. After 25 years at the University of Edinburgh, poet and author Jim C Wilson’s Poetry in Practice sessions have moved to the Scottish Poetry Library. The next course will consist of 10 sessions. Each session will take place on a Thursday afternoon from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm, starting on 15th September. There are 10 places available. Enrolment is online only. The fee for the 10 weeks is £150.THE BEST WORDS IN THE BEST ORDERThe core activity of each session will be detailed analysis and constructive criticism of poems by three or four group members. There will also be consideration of various forms (sonnet, sestina, cinquain, etc.) and news about publications and events. From time to time, poems by established writers, past and present, will also be examined. And Poetry in Practice has developed a unique approach to the renga (Japanese linked poem), producing one verse each week!Material for each session will be emailed to members several days in advance and they should download this and bring it with them on Thursday afternoons.About Jim C WilsonJim C Wilson's poetry and prose has been widely published for nearly 40 years. He has had five poetry collections published and has poems in many anthologies, including The Edinburgh Book of 20th-century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press) and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press). He was the Scottish Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at Stirling Library and has been tutor to various writers' groups. He ran his Poetry in Practice course at the University of Edinburgh from 1994 until 2019 and was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Napier University and Edinburgh University. He was a member of Edinburgh's Shore Poets for eight years.Demand for places is usually very high. If places are sold out, please email reception@spl.org.uk to join the waiting list.

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James Hogg’s ‘The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask’ A rehearsed reading, with songs

Fri 16th Sept at 7pm.There are fairies, and brownies, and shades Amazonian, Of harper, and sharper, and old Cameronian… The spirits are all gone as mad as the people” (James Hogg, The Royal Jubilee) On the 14th of August 1822, as George IV arrived on his ‘jaunt’ to Edinburgh, James Hogg published a new play: The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask. The Jubilee is set- like key scenes in Hogg’s best-known work The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – on Arthur’s Seat. This live rehearsed reading with songs is – in the absence of any evidence otherwise – the first time the play has ever been performed since its publication 200 years ago. Introduced by Valentina Bold (who edited the ‘Jubilee’ in 1994) and Kirsteen McCue (editor of Hogg’s ‘Songs’), the reading will be by a cast including Jo Miller, Dolina MacLennan, Ajay Close and SPL director Asif Khan.Image: Sir David Wilkie, 'An incident during the visit of George IV to Edinburgh, 1822'. Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Print Room):http://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/8208/incident-during-visit-george-iv-edinburgh-1822-group-six-unidentified-figures-including-two-highland

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Fishing for Poetry with Aly Bain, Andrew Greig, Douglas Eadie and Alan MacDonald

Wed Sept 28th at 7pm.A ceilidh-screening at the Scottish Poetry Library.In a first for the library, we’ll screen a film and enjoy live music and readings. Billy Connolly and Aly Bain: Fishing for Poetry, a 2010 documentary celebrating the centenary of Norman MacCaig's birth, will be shown in the company of its producer and some of its musical stars. Aly Bain will bring his fiddle, famed bagpiper Alan MacDonald-who also features in the film-will bring his pipes. Andrew Greig will also do some readings, and all will share stories and song. A one-off event not to be missed.

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Carl Phillips

Wed Oct 12th at 7pm. Carl Philips is one of the outstanding lyrical poets of our generation. This is a rare UK appearance by a multiple award winning American poet who joins us to read from and discuss Then the War and Selected Poems 2007-2020 (Carcanet). Carl Phillips is the author of 15 books of poetry, including the 2020 collection Pale Colors in a Tall Field. He is a professor of English at Washington University and served as the judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets from 2010 to 2020. His many honours include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Lambda Literary Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets Prize.

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Kevin P. Gilday: Anxiety Music Book Launch

Fri 21st Oct at 7pm. 'Join poet and performer Kevin P. Gilday for a night of hilarious and heart stopping spoken word to celebrate the release of his new collection, Anxiety Music (Verve Press). Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. He is the founder of poetry performance collective The Scribbler's Union and was co-founder of much loved spoken word cabaret night Sonnet Youth. He is a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer, a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice and one of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary poets. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists and public figures such as Akala, Saul Williams, George the Poet, Jackie Kay, Sage Francis, Liz Lochhead, The Silencers and Jeremy Corbyn MP.His new collection Anxiety Music explores the fragmented nature of our modern lives and our need for real connection during an era of rampant individuality. Anxiety Music is a darkly comedic dissection of mental health, late capitalist dread, existential angst, sexual liberation and marital breakdown. This collection bridges page and stage, craft and performance. It is an unfiltered look at the sources of anxiety that hi-jack our lives and a personal journey to confront them - a rallying call to face the forces of anxiety wrought upon us by an uncaring society and fight back.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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50 Years O Lallans Poetry

Fri 25th of Nov at 7pm. Celebrate the 50th anniversary publication of “Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit - 50 Years o Lallans Poetry” an anthology including some of the best poetry in Scots to be published in Lallans-the magazine of the Scots Language Society-founded in 1972. The anthology will include poetry from Hugh MacDiarmid up to the present generation of young Scots screivers. A stellar Scots line-up includes Professor Derrick McClure, Dr. Elaine Morton, William Hershaw, David Bleiman, Ellen Pennie and George Watt.This event contains a short interval.

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Alan Spence: Edinburgh Come All Ye

Wed Sept 7th at 7pm. Free but ticketed. Join former Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence as he reflects on his time as the city's poet laureate with a brand new collection of poems Edinburgh Come All Ye. During his time as the Edinburgh Makar, Spence saw great changes in Edinburgh – and throughout the world – politically, socially and environmentally. Spence reflects upon these changes whilst appreciating the present wonder, rich history and blossoming future that Edinburgh has with wit, honesty and vivacity.Throughout the book are stunning artworks by artists such as Victoria Crowe, Alison Watt, Rose Strang, David Williams and Joyce Gunn Cairns. These artworks emphasise the changes that Spence witnessed, but also add new dimensions to the book which allow Spence’s work to soar.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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Behind the Scenes at the Poetry Library

Every second Wednesday of the month at 12pm. A free (but ticketed) guided tour of the Scottish Poetry Library at lunchtime, led by the librarians. Join us to discover the treasures of Scottish poetry and the history of the world’s only purpose-built poetry library. The tour takes roughly 40 minutes and includes a handling session with unseen treasures from the Scottish Poetry Library archive.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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In Person

Poetry in Practice: a 10 week poetry course with Jim C. Wilson

From Thu 15th Sept, 2-4pm for 10 weeks. After 25 years at the University of Edinburgh, poet and author Jim C Wilson’s Poetry in Practice sessions have moved to the Scottish Poetry Library. The next course will consist of 10 sessions. Each session will take place on a Thursday afternoon from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm, starting on 15th September. There are 10 places available. Enrolment is online only. The fee for the 10 weeks is £150.THE BEST WORDS IN THE BEST ORDERThe core activity of each session will be detailed analysis and constructive criticism of poems by three or four group members. There will also be consideration of various forms (sonnet, sestina, cinquain, etc.) and news about publications and events. From time to time, poems by established writers, past and present, will also be examined. And Poetry in Practice has developed a unique approach to the renga (Japanese linked poem), producing one verse each week!Material for each session will be emailed to members several days in advance and they should download this and bring it with them on Thursday afternoons.About Jim C WilsonJim C Wilson's poetry and prose has been widely published for nearly 40 years. He has had five poetry collections published and has poems in many anthologies, including The Edinburgh Book of 20th-century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press) and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press). He was the Scottish Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at Stirling Library and has been tutor to various writers' groups. He ran his Poetry in Practice course at the University of Edinburgh from 1994 until 2019 and was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Napier University and Edinburgh University. He was a member of Edinburgh's Shore Poets for eight years.Demand for places is usually very high. If places are sold out, please email reception@spl.org.uk to join the waiting list.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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James Hogg’s ‘The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask’ A rehearsed reading, with songs

Fri 16th Sept at 7pm.There are fairies, and brownies, and shades Amazonian, Of harper, and sharper, and old Cameronian… The spirits are all gone as mad as the people” (James Hogg, The Royal Jubilee) On the 14th of August 1822, as George IV arrived on his ‘jaunt’ to Edinburgh, James Hogg published a new play: The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask. The Jubilee is set- like key scenes in Hogg’s best-known work The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – on Arthur’s Seat. This live rehearsed reading with songs is – in the absence of any evidence otherwise – the first time the play has ever been performed since its publication 200 years ago. Introduced by Valentina Bold (who edited the ‘Jubilee’ in 1994) and Kirsteen McCue (editor of Hogg’s ‘Songs’), the reading will be by a cast including Jo Miller, Dolina MacLennan, Ajay Close and SPL director Asif Khan.Image: Sir David Wilkie, 'An incident during the visit of George IV to Edinburgh, 1822'. Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Print Room):http://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/8208/incident-during-visit-george-iv-edinburgh-1822-group-six-unidentified-figures-including-two-highland

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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Fishing for Poetry with Aly Bain, Andrew Greig, Douglas Eadie and Alan MacDonald

Wed Sept 28th at 7pm.A ceilidh-screening at the Scottish Poetry Library.In a first for the library, we’ll screen a film and enjoy live music and readings. Billy Connolly and Aly Bain: Fishing for Poetry, a 2010 documentary celebrating the centenary of Norman MacCaig's birth, will be shown in the company of its producer and some of its musical stars. Aly Bain will bring his fiddle, famed bagpiper Alan MacDonald-who also features in the film-will bring his pipes. Andrew Greig will also do some readings, and all will share stories and song. A one-off event not to be missed.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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In Person

Carl Phillips

Wed Oct 12th at 7pm. Carl Philips is one of the outstanding lyrical poets of our generation. This is a rare UK appearance by a multiple award winning American poet who joins us to read from and discuss Then the War and Selected Poems 2007-2020 (Carcanet). Carl Phillips is the author of 15 books of poetry, including the 2020 collection Pale Colors in a Tall Field. He is a professor of English at Washington University and served as the judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets from 2010 to 2020. His many honours include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Lambda Literary Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets Prize.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building

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Kevin P. Gilday: Anxiety Music Book Launch

Fri 21st Oct at 7pm. 'Join poet and performer Kevin P. Gilday for a night of hilarious and heart stopping spoken word to celebrate the release of his new collection, Anxiety Music (Verve Press). Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow. He is the founder of poetry performance collective The Scribbler's Union and was co-founder of much loved spoken word cabaret night Sonnet Youth. He is a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer, a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice and one of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary poets. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists and public figures such as Akala, Saul Williams, George the Poet, Jackie Kay, Sage Francis, Liz Lochhead, The Silencers and Jeremy Corbyn MP.His new collection Anxiety Music explores the fragmented nature of our modern lives and our need for real connection during an era of rampant individuality. Anxiety Music is a darkly comedic dissection of mental health, late capitalist dread, existential angst, sexual liberation and marital breakdown. This collection bridges page and stage, craft and performance. It is an unfiltered look at the sources of anxiety that hi-jack our lives and a personal journey to confront them - a rallying call to face the forces of anxiety wrought upon us by an uncaring society and fight back.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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In Person

50 Years O Lallans Poetry

Fri 25th of Nov at 7pm. Celebrate the 50th anniversary publication of “Sangs That Sing Sae Sweit - 50 Years o Lallans Poetry” an anthology including some of the best poetry in Scots to be published in Lallans-the magazine of the Scots Language Society-founded in 1972. The anthology will include poetry from Hugh MacDiarmid up to the present generation of young Scots screivers. A stellar Scots line-up includes Professor Derrick McClure, Dr. Elaine Morton, William Hershaw, David Bleiman, Ellen Pennie and George Watt.This event contains a short interval.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Whole Building