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Scottish Poetry Day – 6 October 2011

 The Scottish Poetry Library has some ideas and resources for National Poetry Day on 6 October.  Visit for directions to:

  • pdf posters to download of all 8 poems in this year’s National Poetry Day (Scotland) postcards
  • sets of ideas for teaching, reading and writing activities
  • booking info on September CPD sessions to make the most of National Poetry Day.
    The free online magazine, Poetry Issues, provides monthly updates on NPD Scotland poem postcards, info and teaching resources.

Scottish Poetry Library

 The Scottish Poetry Library has published issue 23 of Poetry Issues. Visit for:

  • New poetry titles for acquisition
  • pdf poster of a poem in praise of libraries by Alasdair Paterson

and some handy sites and resources for working with young writers and readers

National Poetry Day 2011 – the theme is GAMES

September CPD sessions on making the most of National Poetry Day – check dates and booking details

Author Events Teacher Survey


Learning and Teaching Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust, has commissioned Blake Stevenson to carry out a research project .  The research will look at the impact of author events on the confidence, enjoyment and attainment of young people’s literacy skills in primary and secondary schools across Scotland.

In order to provide a thorough overview, Learning and Teaching Scotland want to hear the opinions of as many teachers as possible and are encouraging teachers to complete the survey between now and 11 July.  The survey can be found at

 The findings from the research will be published in spring 2012.


Young Writer of the Year 2011

Open to all schools and pupils living in East Lothian and Midlothian  

There are two sets of prizes – one for East Lothian and one for Midlothian in each of two groups consisting of P4-P7 & S1-S4. 

Primary schools should hand in or post their poetry or prose entries to any library in East Lothian or Midlothian.  Secondary schools should give their poetry or prose entries to the school librarian.

Schools have been sent posters and details of the rules and prizes.  Further information and entry forms for any individuals who wish to enter is also available in local libraries.

Entries to be returned by Friday 10 June 2011