Catching up…

December 13, 2010

After a quiet, snowy week, it has occurred to us that we have failed to be suitably excited about our new, shiny Christmas present to the shop.

We were very excited when it arrived. So excited that we mistook it for one of our own staff.

However, it was not an extra Peggy. It was, in fact, our new turning, spinning, small items presentation stand.

Its minimalistic beauty can't be fully appreciated until you see its wider context.

Silliness mostly aside, and getting into the spirit of the festive season, we have some gift packages to take away for £15, containing:

Ten Seasons

co-published with Luath Press
ed: Gerry Loose
Photographs: Morven Gregor

Through the Letterbox

published by Renaissance Press
Haikus by George Bruce, illustrated by Elizabeth Blackadder, collected and edited by Lucina Prestige

Poet Prints

21 new portraits of Scottish writers, including Douglas Dunn, Andrew Greig and Jackie Kay. Postcards collected into one volume- perfect for sending individually or giving as a gift whole.
Edited by Ken Cockburn and Colin Cavers.

Also included is one of our specially designed leaf cards with red envelope.

Individually, these items would cost up to £20, but as a gift pack, you can get the lot for only £15. Perfect for giving to friends and family or keeping for your own holiday reading. We think they’re rather pretty as well:

Our online shop, found here, has a selection of items we have for sale. However, we have much more on our shelves- if you can’t make it to the library before Christmas, please do give us a call on 0131 557 2876 or email us at

‘Poetry is a brilliant vibrating interface between the human and the non-human.’ Edwin Morgan

‘a poem is one person talking to another…’ TS Eliot

‘Poetry is language in orbit.’ Seamus Heaney

‘Poetry is that which arrives at the intellect by way of the heart.’ RS Thomas

‘A poem has to be the most powerful thing one can say in the shortest space possible.’ Charles Causley

‘Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley.’ Charles Simic

The Scottish Poetry Library is inviting tenders for the redesign of its online presence.

We are embarking on an extensive and exciting programme of digital development in 2011. As part of this we are looking for a creative contribution from a designer to develop our new website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Scottish Poetry Library: bringing people and poems together…

Scottish Poetry Library current website

Deadline Monday 17 January 2011

Please see full detailed brief attached, plus our most recent annual report and newsletter.