Elspeth Brown

Elspeth Brown’s most recent publication, the poetry pamphlet Starling and Crane, appeared with Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2018. Previous publications include the poetry collections A Crab in the Moon’s Mouth (Markings) and Skunk Cabbage (IDP). Her poetry and short stories have been in journals such s Southlight, Markings, Gutter and Poetry Scotland, as well as in several anthologies. She has run creative writing workshops in Edinburgh. Particular writing interests include James Clerk Maxwell, John Muir, Green Men and climate change. Elspeth has enjoyed reading in many venues throughout the UK from the Isle of Wight Literary Festival to the north of Scotland, from where her family originate.

Headshot of Elspeth Brown, wearing a black and white blouse and a black scarf


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Lesser Things


I don’t want to write about Bass Rock
though it looms in front of me
its lighthouse tucked under its shoulder,
as I stand on the warm sand of Belhaven Bay.
I want to think about the small rocks
scattered randomly along the river.
Seaweed and moss covered, shaped
crumbs of a larger rock, dark and layered,
like small memories that drift through a life,
sparrows, celandines, tadpoles, sticklebacks.
A lone gannet far from Bass Rock lands on a boulder,
pecks at his feathers and flies to the open sea.


Elspeth Brown


From Starling and Crane (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2018)