Crafts, quizzing and heroes…

October 7, 2009

NPD…it can only be for National Poetry Day, tomorrow, Thursday 8 October! We find ourselves understandably quite busy on the day that celebrates poetry the nation over. And what with this year’s theme being Heroes and Heroines, our celebrations have been branded Heroic Poetic Extravaganza, a day jammed full of free events in which you can drop in as you please and gorge yourselves silly on poetry of all kinds.

Here’s the plan (Batman…):

Nothing But the Poem, 12.30-1.30pm
A relaxed reading group, led by our Ryan in Residence, looking at the postcards produced by the SPL for this year’s NPD theme of Heroes and Heroines.

Poems Aloud, (2-3pm)
A chance for people to discuss the poems that mean the most to them, and listen to SPL staffers and our Reader in Residence read poems aloud. Tea and biscuits served.

Arts and crafts!/How do you carry yours? (3-5pm)
Drop-in workshops for people to create original ways of carrying the poems that matter to them: mix and match between paper crafts with librarian Julie Johnstone; mad alternative bag-making with Knitty Kitty and collage making. Bring your own materials to make a little something – we will provide some materials too.

The Chapel of Poetry
For those who need some quiet time, poems will be played softly throughout the day in our Members’ Room.

A few MP3 posts spread throughout the library will play a mixture of all sorts of poetry.

Lost For Words
Our own Lizzie MacGregor will be manning the Lost For Words stall – all those with half-remembered poems and unnamed fragments of verse, enquire within upon everything…

Poetry Pub Quiz, 7pm – late
At the wonderful Waverley bar on St Mary’s Street – a chance for poetry fans to enter a team and show off their knowledge, with double or nothing rounds, poetic spouses, and audio and picture rounds amongst the fun on offer.

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