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The Callum MacDonald Memorial Award 2019

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If you publish poetry in a pamphlet then you may enter an award now promoted by the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL).Callum MacDonald was a Scottish publisher. The Callum MacDonald Memorial Award was established in...

Best Scottish Poems 2016 announced today

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The Scottish Poetry Library has published a list of the Best Scottish Poems and the online anthology is now available. Catherine Lockerbie, the former director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has chosen the poems which feature some...

Umbrellas of Edinburgh: poetry and prose inspired by Scotland’s capital city

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 'These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people.' Edinburgh has inspired many writers, from Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh. None of...

Pen Reid: InValid*****

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'Our song began by a loch...the fish lay still listening to our words' (Awakening) InValid, artist and poet Pen Reid's new pamphlet, tells the story of a marriage  - hers. It begins with the first meeting, with that...

Scottish Poetry Library are looking for a new Director

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Could this be the opportunity you are looking for? You would have a lovely new office in the building which was refurbished only last year. Details below. The Scottish Poetry Library is seeking an inspiring,...

National Poetry Day – UK’s largest printed poem to be unveiled

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The UK’s largest printed poem will be unveiled in Edinburgh this morning, on National Poetry Day which is today!Spiral, by Elizabeth Burns, will adorn a 25 x 8m banner overlooking the city’s famous Royal Mile. ...

Scottish Poetry Library moving with the times

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The Scottish Poetry Library is now just over 30 years old. The building in Crichton's Close was itself a new beginning when it opened, but now it needs to change, and the library will...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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 Bookbug: songs and rhymes for young children and babies. 10.30-11am, Oxgangs Library, 343 Oxgangs Road North.Live Music Now: Slide Too Far. Formed two years ago in Glasgow, trombone quartet Slide Too Far has gone from strength to strength, winning...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2014Mrs Mash at The Skylark: songs, stories and joining in fun from Mrs Mash aka Marie Louise Cochrane, the Storytelling Cook, for the under-5s and their parents and carers - this week...

Saturday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Edinburgh Steiner School Christmas Market: handmade gifts and crafts, puppet shows and fairground games, raffle, tombola, complementary therapies, live music, King Winter's Grotto, Viennese Cafe, world food market, craft workshops, star hunt and more. 11am-4pm, Edinburgh...

Tuesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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The Football Cronicas: Jethro Soutar (who co-edited the book with Tim Girven and is a founder of Ragpicker Press) and translator Rachael McGill discuss all things literary, Latin American and football, plus translation and the setting up...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2014Delighters: Hula Hooping  - taster session. For ages 14+, beginners or beginners + - session will be tailored to the abilities of the participants. 6.30-7.30pm, Forest Centre +, 38 Castle Terrace....

Wednesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Boney Night wi' Firewurks! Fireworks, dookin', fancy dress competition, turnip lantern competition, snack refreshments - and fireworks!  Free and open to all, children must be accompanied by an adult. 6.30-8.30pm, Craigmillar Community Arts Centre, Newcraighall Road. For more...

What’s On In Edinburgh this week

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Plenty happening again this week - from fundraisers for Palestine, Water for Life and the Scouts, to films from Poland, Africa and Italy. Books will be launched, exhibitions will be opened, French and Russian...

Saturday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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 Save the Elephants Halloween Party: two bands, nibbles, mini-auction, raffle. All funds will go to Kuki Gallmann Conservancy in Kenya, which works with wildlife conservation, especially elephants. Come in your scariest fancy dress!  7pm-midnight, Function...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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 Magazine Showcase: Far Off Places. Far Off Places, the magazine of written whimsy, was launched in November 2013. Since then five issues have been released, apps developed and podcasts recorded. Dressed in Halloween costumes for...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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What's On is truly international this week, with Poland, Italy, Spain, Afghanistan, Palestine, Denmark, China, France, the USA, Canada, Japan and the entire African continent all being involved in events in Scotland's capital. Closer...

Saturday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Dads Rock: part of a multi-award winning network of free playgroups for Dads and Kids (aged 0-5). 10-11.30am today and every Saturday, Whale Arts, 30 Westburn Grove and The Prentice Centre, 1 Granton Mains Avenue (groups operate at...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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 Wunderfuk 2! Delighted Peoples (vocals, guitar - hip hop, punk), Small Feet Little Toes (vocals - folk) and Felt Tip Pen ('electro-coloured twisted folk'). Hosted by Chris Willatt. 7pm, Forest Cafe, Lauriston Place. Free entry, BYOB (corkage charge.)Lunchtime Concert: Canadian National Arts...

Tuesday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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North Edinburgh Grows Drop-In Sessions: for ages 16+. Learn valuable gardening skills to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs. 1-5pm today and every Tuesday, North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court. Free. Keep up to date with with NEA's...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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 MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2014Metals and Marble: an exhibition of contemporary metal and marble sculpture by Chris Muirhead and Simon Burns-Cox, displayed in the gallery with its 17th century Renaissance hand-painted ceiling. 9am-6pm today and everyday until 25th October 2014, Gladstone's...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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GENERATION DJ Set: A La Fu. A La Fu has performed at Glastonbury, Brixton Academy, Trans Musicales, Pukkelpop and NYC's Knitting Factory. He will be offering an improvised response to the GENERATION art works before...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2014Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook: stories, songs and participative fun for Portobello's youngest residents. 10.30-11am, The Skylark, 241-243 Portobello High Street.Toddler Time: Poppy Cat. Join fabulous feline Poppy Cat on her adventures...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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Someone Was Singing: World War One in Poetry and Song.  In association with the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh Reads presents poet Alexander Hutchison and singer/musician Wendy Carle Taylor for an evening of poetry (contemporary and historic) and song commemorating those...

What’s On in Edinburgh this week

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MONDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2014Edible Gardening Seasonal Advice: drop in to find out how to grow your own food and take a look around the productive garden with the Edible Gardening Project Team. 1-3pm, Demonstration...

Books – A Bird is Not a Stone

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There are not so many book launches when the author is not present; when the book in question is an anthology, the absence of any of the contributors is even more remarkable.  The poets...

Paper sculptures return to Edinburgh after their Scottish tour

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Edinburgh's Mysterious Book Sculptures return for homecoming exhibition following tour of ScotlandThe beautiful literary sculptures are to be exhibited together at The Scottish Poetry Library for the first Book Week Scotland on 24 November...

Scottish Poetry Library airs new poets

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[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56423224" params="auto_play=false&show_artwork=true&color=8434b2" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Edinburgh Reporter Radio popped along to the Scottish Poetry Library to find out about a series of free, open-air events that the Library is holding during August.The Courtyard...

Five things to see at The Edinburgh Storytelling Festival

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 The Edinburgh International Storytelling festival begins on 21 October 2011.  The Edinburgh Reporter  has chosen our top five recommendations to help you decide what to go and see from the extensive programme.5. Nothing But...

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