Jane Bonnyman

Jane Bonnyman is from Edinburgh and studied English at the University of St Andrews. She began working in the museum and heritage sector before moving into English teaching. Her interest in historic and literary settings often inspires her poetry. In 2013 she was a Clydebuilt 7 mentee and it was during this time that she began work on her first pamphlet, An Ember from the Fire: Poems on the Life of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, which was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Caterpillar Children’s Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Reader and Magma. She has also written poetry resources for the BBC and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Photo: Gerry Cambridge


Clydebuilt Showcase »

Showcase: Claire Quigley, Mark Russell, Juana Adcock, Jane Bonnyman

Sun 5 March | 13:00 - 14:00 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber


Monterey, 1879

Beyond the high walls
of Doña Nachita’s garden
where Castilian roses droop
their snowy heads
into evening shadows,

she hears Spanish songs
from the Salinas Road,
the long procession
leaving the cascarone ball.
Dressed in silks, flannel shirts,

they carry eggshells filled with gold
and, nearing the Bay, they raise them
to the moonless sky, as if
you could capture happiness
then dance under its shimmering rain.


Jane Bonnyman

From An Ember from the Fire: Poems on the Life of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson (Poetry Salzburg, 2016)