Don’t have any idea how to celebrate National Poetry Day?

Thankfully, the Scottish Poetry Library is hosting a whole day of poetic action on October the 8th. Below are the details:

Heroic Poetic Extravaganza at the Scottish Poetry Library

National Poetry Day at the SPL will be packed full of free poetry events. We’ve so much to squeeze in, we’re still confirming some of the times – please keep checking back for up to date info!

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

Poems Aloud, (2-3pm, time tbc)
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, time tbc)
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 crafts with Knitty Kitty; collage making and screen-printing (tbc). 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.

And for those who are tied to the internet – check out the new Global Poetry System!