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
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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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There are 3 events at this location

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Nothing but the Poem

Poetry discussion forum with no preparation or previous knowledge required, focusing on a different poet each month.

Sat 16 Dec

£4–£5 / 0131 557 2876

Stuart A. Paterson

Poetry Association of Scotland: Sheila Templeton

The Aberdeenshire poet reads from her collections.

Thu 23 Nov

£5–£7 / 0131 557 2876

Poetry for Peanuts

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

Wed 1 Nov

Free Suggested £2 donation per family / 0131 557 2876

Wed 6 Dec

Free Suggested £2 donation per family / 0131 557 2876

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