Poet Tips Goes to the Library

We’re taking this show on the road.

As part of Book Week Scotland’s theme of “discovery”, The Scottish Poetry Library will be encouraging visitors to discover new poetry books to love in a range of ways–including by showing them how to use Poet Tips.

As part of our new Poet Tips for Libraries feature, when you discover a new poet on Poet Tips using the special edition for Scottish Poetry Library version–either in the Library’s on one of their iPads, or at home–you will be taken directly to the Scottish Poetry Library card catalogue to look for books by that author.

So, if you’re in the Edinburgh area, head over to the Scottish Poetry Library this week. With a minimum of clicks (or taps) you could find yourself not only in love with a new favourite poet, but taking home an armload of their books.

Special thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support.


My First Experience Using Poet Tips

How does a reader of poetry develop a taste?

In college, the exposure to new poets was immaculate. Unreal.

I used to descend into the basement of my college’s library and pick off books of poetry at random. Or if I was in class and a professor mentioned a writer, the library helped fill in the gaps.

Opening to a new page of an old book and thinking to myself, suddenly, I’ve just understood something for the first time. And there is the feeling, leaving the library, that the people around me are a massive stirring of discovery and unknowing, and that I had a private something to share.

Literacy is always shared, and I’ve got a little somethin’-somethin’ to share. The other night, a good thing happened.


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