From Tuesday the 24th of November, Fountainbridge Library will be my poetic home away from home.

Starting with a Meet Ryan Session on Tuesday, I’ll be semi-based in Fountainbridge hosting free poetic events and workshops! The month will feature reading poems aloud, going poetry writing and setting up a display with my favourite poetry books. You can come and meet your Reader in Residence and chat about the books on off on Tuesday 24 November from 14.00. It should be a brilliant month so come along to any of the events mentioned below or feel free to pop into the library and see what excellent poetry books are on offer!

FBpoetry month events

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tuesday, 24 November 14.00 – 16.00

Ryan Van Winkle is Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries. He is also a working poet who’s work has appeared in Northwords Now, New Writing Scotland and The American Poetry Review.

Carry a Poem

Monday, 30 November 14.00

Do you have a favourite poem? Do you love hearing poems read aloud? Come to our poems aloud session where we’ll be sharing the poems we carry with us, in our hearts and even in our pockets. Bring any poem you’d like to hear and share and we’ll read a few from our roving poetry collection.

Nothing But the Poem

Monday, 14 December 18.30

Fancy a poetry chat? Nothing But The Poem is a relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems. Moderated by ECL / SPL Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle. * We read a poem * We discuss the poem * Only the poem we’ve read. * No Jargon * No experience needed * Nothing to fear * Nothing but the poem.

Poetry Workshop – Forms

Wednesday, 6 January 18.30

A special Nothing but the Poem with a creative writing slant. We’ll be looking at a few poetic forms (and non-forms) and doing a few writing exercises to get the words flowing.


Thurs. 14 January 15.45 pm

A poetry afternoon for kids with writing games and activities!