Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies has been the Edinburgh Makar, poet laureate to the city, a Royal Literary Fellow and an Associate of Harvard University. She is the facilitator for the Creative Writing and Journalling groups at Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, Edinburgh, and a trainer for Lapidus in the literary arts. Travelling to the healing wells of Scotland and Ireland, Valerie’s landmark poems inspired by these locations are collected in The Spring Teller. She continues to walk and write the poetry of place, this year in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.


Coastlines: Sea poetry from Tentsmuir »

A relaxed poetry reading from Anna Crowe, Jim Crumley and Valerie Gillies

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 15:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre


From Bird for Bird


Through the rowsty storm
flee strang, Corbie, hurl on,
turn tapsalteerie

kronk pruk-pruk

                                                                                         American Raven

                                                                                         Hear the two ravens
                                                                                         flying high, talking to us?
                                                                                         American voices



Valerie Gillies