Roderick Manson

Since writing his first poem in November 2007, Roderick Manson has written over 3,000 poems, each a response to a moment or sequence thereof, always striving to reflect that moment rather than to impose his own ‘message’ upon it. This has led to extended sequences on the Highland rail lines of Scotland (inspiration had died a death by Wick!), on an art installation by Shilpa Gupta on 100 poets imprisoned, tortured or executed, and on assorted football grounds of Scotland and Wales (a work in slow progress). A strong affinity with the mountains of northwest Scotland drew him to Denis Mollison’s Portraits of the Edge exhibition and a sequence of 39 moments. He has been published in a number of journals and anthologies, and keeps meaning to get a collection together but finds writing new poems continually getting in the way.

Photo: Garry Manson


Portraits of the Edge »

A digital installation of poems by Roderick Manson responding to Denis Mollison’s stunning photographs, now post-festival available online at:

Thu 5 March - Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Meet the Artist »

Roderick Manson and Denis Mollison discuss Portraits of the Edge

Fri 6 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room


23. crab legs on sandstone          mol dheas

in graveyards
you see
the terrible threat
of life

Roderick Manson