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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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Farfetched: What Foreign Poems Can Mean to Us (Workshop)

14th July at 1pm. No previous knowledge of poetry or foreign languages required. Speakers of languages other than English particularly welcome.“In this workshop, we will explore together a poem written in a language other than English. Is there any point in trying to make sense of poetry in languages we have not fully mastered? My answer is a resounding ""Yes!"" and then a more thoughtful ""well..."" Any poem is a foreign country, and a foreign poem is not necessarily more inaccessible than one in our own language.”.The Facilitator - Daphne Loads“Since 2004 I have published a number of journal articles and book-chapters on the reading of poetry as a form of personal and professional development. I have developed and presented workshops for both students and academics at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. I have written and performed successful shows as part of Bright Club (2017) The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2017, 2018, 2019) and the Leeds Literary Festival (2020) and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre's live on-line series(2020).On retiring from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 I asked 11 speakers of 10 different languages, (Arabic, Tshivendi, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish, Greek, Portuguese, French, Gaelic and Italian) to introduce me to a short poem. After a while a number of themes emerged: forgetting, missing, understanding, misunderstanding, being an outsider. I am in the process of completing a book developed from my findings, called ""Farfetched."" My next publication, an exploration of Gaelic song will be entitled ""Outlandish.""The workshop will provide space for participants to develop their own understandings of what it means to read poems in foreign languages.Tickets £5. The workshop will last around 90 minutes.Tea and coffee will be available. Feel free to bring a sandwich, if you are on your lunch break!

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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Filmpoem: John Glenday, Vicki Feaver and Alastair Cook

Sat 16th July. 2pm. Join poets John Glenday and Vicki Feaver alongside artist Alastair Cook for an afternoon of poetry and poetry-film. Alastair will premier two new films sourced from John Glenday’s poetry collection The Firth, alongside both poets reading their work and discussing poetry and poetry-film. Filmpoem is an artists’ moving image project founded by artist Alastair Cook in 2010. As a collective, they deliver education and community projects, and promote the work of poets, filmmakers and composers. They have collaborated with organisations such as the Southbank, The Poetry Society, Poetry International, Scottish Poetry Library, Alchemy, Antwerpen Boekenstad, Poëziecentrum and Haus für Poesie.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Course

The five-day Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course pairs mindfulness meditation practices with expressive and creative writing practices. The course is not a therapy group, but an experiential training in which participants are helped to take responsibility for their own process. The theory of each practice will be explained, practiced, and reflected on with various expressive and creative writing prompts. We will also read poetry that has a mindful theme before each session. There will be a short break for tea and refreshments (you can bring your own if you like). You will also have the opportunity to look around the poetry library, and even join for free, if you like. The course is designed as an introduction to Mindfulness and Expressive Writing. It will give you a solid grounding on the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and will support your writing practice both creatively and reflectively. It is hoped that the course will support your well-being and the well-being of others too. The course will include key themes: intention and motivation, present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion, and loving-kindness. Each session lasts 3 hours, including a short break. 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. Course facilitator: Led by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is also a poet who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in high schools, libraries and 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. Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Visit Beginner’s Mind Website: http://beginnersmind.click Visit Colin’s poetry website: http://www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk Course Schedule:Monday 18th July 10-1 (including break)Tuesday 19th July 10-1 (including break)Wednesday 20th July 10-1 (including break)Thursday 21st July 10-1 (including break)Friday 22nd July 10-1 (including break)

Location Scottish Poetry Library

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An 80th Birthday Afternoon with Colin Will

Saturday 23rd of July at 2pm. Join us for the launch of Colin Will’s Swept Away: New and Selected Poems on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Colin is a poet, short story writer, editor and musician. He has chaired the boards of the Scottish Poetry Library, StAnza International Poetry Festival (twice), Tyne & Esk Writers, Coastword and was President of the Scottish Library Association in 2000. He ran Calder Wood Press from 1999 to 2016 and is now editor of Postbox Press, the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press and Postbox, Scotland’s International Short Story Magazine. Event is free but please book. 

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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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.

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subvenue The Mezzanine

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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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Farfetched: What Foreign Poems Can Mean to Us (Workshop)

14th July at 1pm. No previous knowledge of poetry or foreign languages required. Speakers of languages other than English particularly welcome.“In this workshop, we will explore together a poem written in a language other than English. Is there any point in trying to make sense of poetry in languages we have not fully mastered? My answer is a resounding ""Yes!"" and then a more thoughtful ""well..."" Any poem is a foreign country, and a foreign poem is not necessarily more inaccessible than one in our own language.”.The Facilitator - Daphne Loads“Since 2004 I have published a number of journal articles and book-chapters on the reading of poetry as a form of personal and professional development. I have developed and presented workshops for both students and academics at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. I have written and performed successful shows as part of Bright Club (2017) The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2017, 2018, 2019) and the Leeds Literary Festival (2020) and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre's live on-line series(2020).On retiring from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 I asked 11 speakers of 10 different languages, (Arabic, Tshivendi, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish, Greek, Portuguese, French, Gaelic and Italian) to introduce me to a short poem. After a while a number of themes emerged: forgetting, missing, understanding, misunderstanding, being an outsider. I am in the process of completing a book developed from my findings, called ""Farfetched."" My next publication, an exploration of Gaelic song will be entitled ""Outlandish.""The workshop will provide space for participants to develop their own understandings of what it means to read poems in foreign languages.Tickets £5. The workshop will last around 90 minutes.Tea and coffee will be available. Feel free to bring a sandwich, if you are on your lunch break!

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Meeting Room 1

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Filmpoem: John Glenday, Vicki Feaver and Alastair Cook

Sat 16th July. 2pm. Join poets John Glenday and Vicki Feaver alongside artist Alastair Cook for an afternoon of poetry and poetry-film. Alastair will premier two new films sourced from John Glenday’s poetry collection The Firth, alongside both poets reading their work and discussing poetry and poetry-film. Filmpoem is an artists’ moving image project founded by artist Alastair Cook in 2010. As a collective, they deliver education and community projects, and promote the work of poets, filmmakers and composers. They have collaborated with organisations such as the Southbank, The Poetry Society, Poetry International, Scottish Poetry Library, Alchemy, Antwerpen Boekenstad, Poëziecentrum and Haus für Poesie.

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing Course

The five-day Summer Holiday Mindfulness and Expressive Writing course pairs mindfulness meditation practices with expressive and creative writing practices. The course is not a therapy group, but an experiential training in which participants are helped to take responsibility for their own process. The theory of each practice will be explained, practiced, and reflected on with various expressive and creative writing prompts. We will also read poetry that has a mindful theme before each session. There will be a short break for tea and refreshments (you can bring your own if you like). You will also have the opportunity to look around the poetry library, and even join for free, if you like. The course is designed as an introduction to Mindfulness and Expressive Writing. It will give you a solid grounding on the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and will support your writing practice both creatively and reflectively. It is hoped that the course will support your well-being and the well-being of others too. The course will include key themes: intention and motivation, present moment awareness, expressive writing, mindfulness of body and breath, compassion, and loving-kindness. Each session lasts 3 hours, including a short break. 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. Course facilitator: Led by Colin McGuire. Colin has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association. He is qualified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course. He has an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from The University of Aberdeen (2020). Colin is also a poet who has run Creative Writing and Mindfulness workshops in high schools, libraries and 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. Follow his Facebook page @Beginner’s Mind Visit Beginner’s Mind Website: http://beginnersmind.click Visit Colin’s poetry website: http://www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk Course Schedule:Monday 18th July 10-1 (including break)Tuesday 19th July 10-1 (including break)Wednesday 20th July 10-1 (including break)Thursday 21st July 10-1 (including break)Friday 22nd July 10-1 (including break)

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue Meeting Room 1

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An 80th Birthday Afternoon with Colin Will

Saturday 23rd of July at 2pm. Join us for the launch of Colin Will’s Swept Away: New and Selected Poems on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Colin is a poet, short story writer, editor and musician. He has chaired the boards of the Scottish Poetry Library, StAnza International Poetry Festival (twice), Tyne & Esk Writers, Coastword and was President of the Scottish Library Association in 2000. He ran Calder Wood Press from 1999 to 2016 and is now editor of Postbox Press, the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press and Postbox, Scotland’s International Short Story Magazine. Event is free but please book. 

Location Scottish Poetry Library

subvenue The Mezzanine

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In Person

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