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.

Events at this venue

There are 12 events at this location

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The Bluff, Heave and Hillside of Arthur's Seat: A Poetry Hike

Join poet Yvonne Reddick for a hike through Holyrood Park and up Arthur’s Seat, with readings of poems by writers known for their love of walking.

Sat 9 Jun

£6–£8 / 0131 557 2876

Easy Morning Poems

Reading group sessions for people who both know the poet under discussion well or know nothing about them. The sessions are relaxed, comfortable and an excellent way to start the weekend.

Sat 9 Jun

Free / 0131 557 2876

Easy Morning Poems: W.S. Graham

Sat 23 Jun

Free / 0131 557 2876

Easy Morning Poems: Yvonne Reddick

El Hombrecito: an Evening with Frank Báez

Frank Baez, the Dominican Republic’s most important young poet and short-story writer, is in conversation with Dr Conrad James from the University of Birmingham.

Tue 26 Jun

£6–£8 / 0131 557 2876

#Hypocrisy

Imogen Stirling Poetry Lost in blissful foreign travel, Imogen joyfully succumbs to the spoils of Western privilege. Returning to Scotland, a harsh society confronts her. Dangerous politicians prevail, the media sells fictions masquerading as reality, an ocean of social media sympathy pours forth for Western terror…

Wed 8 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 9 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 10 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£7 (£5) / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 12 Aug

In These Days of Prohibition: An Evening with Caroline Bird

Reading of In These Days of Prohibition by Caroline Bird, which tackles mental health and addiction with humour and insight.

Thu 7 Jun

£10–£12 / 0131 557 2876

Language is where the people are: W.S. Graham at 100

Alan Gillis, Jackie Kay, Rachael Boast, Ruth Rosen and Nuala Watt read poems about and by W.S. Graham.

Thu 14 Jun

£10–£12 / 0131 557 2876

Lord Fox: A Fable

From songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and contemporary harpist Esther Swift comes a dark and transporting new performance, inspired by the traditional tale of seduction, curiosity, violence and revenge.

Thu 31 May

£12 (£10) / 0131 557 2876

A Poetry Alliance: When Latvia Met Scotland

A group of Latvian poets (Katrīna Rudzīte, Henriks Zēgners, Inga Pizāne and Eduards Eipurs) perform with Scottish poets (Ryan Van Winkle, Katherine Sowerby, William Letford, MacGillivray).

Wed 23 May

£8–£10 / 0131 557 2876

Poetry for Peanuts

Introduce your wee ones to poetry with these drop-in sessions.

Wed 6 Jun

Free / 0131 557 2876

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed

Big Line-up of Readers From The Poets' Republic magazine The Poets' Republic – Unleashed. Verbal fireworks and lyrical shenanigans with Scotland's sharpest poetry magazine. A big line-up of readers/performers in English, Scots and Gaelic plus open mic. It's poetry with a bite at the launch of Issue 6 as The Poets…

Fri 24 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£5 / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 25 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£5 / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reading the Streets: An Old Town Poetry Tour

Edinburgh Poetry Tours Weaving through courtyards, kirkyards and vennels, hear poems about Edinburgh past and present written by residents, tourists and those who visited only in imagination, including Robert Burns, Victor Hugo and the great Anon. The city has inspired tragic ballads and heartfelt love-songs, poems…

Sat 4 Aug

Outside SPL

£9 (£6) / 0131 557 2876

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Outside SPL

£9 (£6) / 0131 557 2876

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 6 Aug

Outside SPL

£12 (£8) / 0131 557 2876

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 27 Aug

That's What She Said

For Books' Sake 'The biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows. After being shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (Saboteur Awards 2017), a sell-out run at last year's Fringe and shows at the Royal Albert Hall, we're back with…

Thu 16 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£10 / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 17 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£10 / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 18 Aug

Mezzanine Level

£10 / 0131 557 2876

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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