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Exploring Edinburgh’s Libraries: The Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) truly is one of Edinburgh’s hidden treasures. Even after a short visit to the SPL you will leave knowing that this is a place for everyone “to be inspired in, create in, and study in,” in the words of one of the SPL’s librarians. Established in 1999 and refurbished in […]

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The Lib Dems must step up and fill the centrist void

At a time when 41 per cent of the UK feel “politically homeless,” with 43 per cent of people saying that they would “definitely” or “potentially” vote for a centrist party, why haven’t the Liberal Democrats gained support? Over the last few years, we have witnessed political polarisation across the world. The steadying growth of […]

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The poet’s humility has trumped the politician’s hubris

What has typically been a form of literature reserved for students and artsy types has recently seen a striking growth in popularity. People have spent £12 million on poetry in the last year. As we are living in a post-truth culture, it is hardly surprising that young people are turning away from words of fact […]