Events - Festival 2021

Making a Living as a Poet

Friday 3 March, 11:30 - 12:30
Town Hall, Queens Gardens - Council Chamber
This event took place in 2017

Join the Society of Authors discussion on how to make poetry pay

Join three professional poets to talk about how they manage to make poetry pay. Topics covered in previous events in the series include pitching to venues and publishers, working freelance, broadening appeal beyond a ‘poetry audience’ and using social media effectively. Join us for an invaluable chance to learn from and chat to other poets about building a career.

The conversation will be chaired by Ken Cockburn, a freelance writer, translator, editor and writing tutor, whose varied career has seen him working as Assistant Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland, and as a regular collaborator with visual artists. Harry Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney. They have toured performances around the UK, Italy and North America, hosted numerous events, and developed workshops and games. Sarah Hesketh is a poet with ten years of experience as a creative writing tutor and in literature development. She currently works for Modern Poetry in Translation magazine.

This will be the second event in the Society of Authors Poetry and Spoken Word Group’s series on Making a Living as a Poet.

In partnership with the Society of Authors

Ken Cockburn: Umar Timol
Harry Josephine Giles: Rich Dyson


Council Chamber – Town Hall, Queens Gardens

Location: At the top of Queens Gardens, on the corner with South Street

Includes: Council Chamber, Supper Room, Auditorium/Public Hall, Fife Contemporary foyer

Right in the centre of St Andrews, The Town Hall...