Experience 'Scotch passion' on Valentine's Night

'Forgot mysel: Scotch passion with Liz Lochhead and Carol Laula'

Get in the St Valentine's Day mood and join the National Library of Scotland for an evening with Liz Lochhead and musician Carol Laula, two of Scotland's outstanding performers, for a celebration of love — and libraries.

The National Library of Scotland is hosting 'Forgot mysel: Scotch passion with Liz Lochhead and Carol Laula' on Monday 14 February at 7pm, at the Library's Causewayside Building, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh. The National Library of Scotland is organising the event in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library.

Poet and playwright Liz Lochhead will be reading a selection of her own poems, while jazz and mainstream singer Carol Laula will perform love songs from her repertoire.

This is also a fantastic opportunity to see a unique display of selected material from the National Library of Scotland's collections and archives. These include historic love letters, for example those from explorer David Livingstone to his future bride; comical broadsides on matrimony; romantic songs and ballads, including the original manuscript of Robert Burns's great love song, 'Ae fond kiss'; plus some beautiful Victorian Valentine's cards.

Tickets for the event are free of charge, but will be in great demand, so please book in advance on the National Library of Scotland Events Line — 0131 622 4807 — or email events@nls.uk. The event will also include the announcement of the winners of an unusual competition. The Scottish Poetry Library has been running a series of haiku poetry workshops and a St Valentine's competition.

The Japanese form of poetry haiku presents a style that all levels of writers can try. In just three lines of poetry, and no more than 17 syllables, a haiku captures a world of meaning with a clear and simple image.

Poems have been sent in from the Scottish Poetry Library's readers across Scotland and range through funny, tender, oblique, cheeky, and from understated affection to forthright propositions.

Four of these haiku will be announced as winners, and selected for creation as 'e-cards', virtual cards that can be emailed from the Scottish Poetry Library's website.

2 February 2005

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