Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT
  • Telephone 0131 557 2876
  • Opening times Tue–Fri 10am–5pm (Thu until 8pm); Sat 10am–4pm
  • Box office times scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk
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  • Website www.spl.org.uk
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Established in 1984 and now occupying a building designed by architect Malcolm Fraser, the Scottish Poetry Library is a glorious resource for readers and writers. The collection of writing, tape and video focuses mainly on contemporary poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English, but it also features historic Scottish poetry and contemporary works from almost every part of the world. Among its highlights is the extensive Edwin Morgan Archive, a treasure trove of the Glasgow poet's work. As well as general reading and study sections, the library has facilities for listening and performing, and special children's and members' areas. It hosts occasional poetry readings and workshops, and gets involved in poetry events and promotional activities elsewhere in Scotland. It supplies the Poem of the Week for the Scotsman newspaper, and Poem of the Month for the Scottish Arts Council website.

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Edina Europa

Edinburgh Poetry Tours Edinburgh's status as first UN City of Literature recognises its long history of welcoming international writers and Scottish writers exploring the wider world. On this leisurely walk around the historic Canongate, poet Ken Cockburn shares poems by Scots dreaming of Europe and Europeans dazzled…

Fri 2 Aug

Outside SPL

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Outside SPL

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Outside SPL

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 18 Aug

Nan Shepherd: From Flaneur to Fiver

Erlend Clouston A sideways look at Scotland's international literary phenomenon, featuring Jefferson Airplane, a Subaru Impreza, and personal appearances by Fats Waller, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Prof Walter Benjamin, General Erich Ludendorff, and The Third Man. Age category: 12+

Tue 20 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£6 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£6 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£6 (£4) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Poetry Association of Scotland: Linda France

The poet, writer and editor performs her work.

Wed 24 Apr

£5–£7 / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:00 – 20:00

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