Happenings 26: SNOW and other things of the season!

December 18, 2009

It snowed for the first time!

We have been grateful to receive Christmas cards, both paper and electronic, bringing tidings of great cheer! Thank you!

And chocolates. More thanks!

We hosted a Poems Aloud for Christmas and 25 people hustled in from the cold.

Lilias met with readers and writers in residence who have worked in prisons to share thoughts and ideas, poems that work and ones that don’t.

Our Carry a Poem anthology, a joint venture with the team at Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and 2010 One Book One Edinburgh book has gone to the printers. Excitement mounts for February! Designer Emily Isles has done a terrific job.

Jane is readying the Poetry Reader for print beside me as I type – with pieces from J O Morgan, Rachael Boast, supplier of fine wines to SPL events Michael Romer, outgoing and ineffable chair of our board Joyce Caplan, and a sonnet from Willie Hershaw, it’s shaping up to be a beezer.

Our Christmas podcast, lest ye forget, is out!

Having discovered the lentil soup (made with real ham stock!) at Foodies down the close, lunch in this bleak midwinter is never likely to be the same again.

We popped up a new featured translation: Fred Johnston translates this lovely untitled French piece by Colette Wittorski

Douglas Dunn popped in, having been with Robyn at the official unveiling of the new poetry quotes at the Parliament Canongate Wall.

Dave made an attractive sign for our bargainous SPL pencils.

Our shop is almost ready to go live at an internet near you…

Next week we close for Christmas on Tuesday 22 and reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2010. Before we bid you the best of festive, we’ll be signing out of 2009 with a bumper list of all the things that have made it a special year in poetry, both here in the SPL, and beyond! See you then for one last spin on the poetical dancefloor…

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