From Thursday the 22st of October, Leith Library will be my poetic home away from home.

Starting with a Nothing But the Poem session on Thursday, I’ll be semi-based down in Leith hosting a poetic events and workshops! The month will feature reading poems aloud, going for a GPS poetry walk, 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 Monday 26 October from 14.30. 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!

Thurs. 22 Oct. 19.00 – Nothing But the Poem

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 month events

Mon. 26 Oct. 14.30 – 16.00 -Meet Your Reader in Residence

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.

Thurs. 5 Nov. 18.00 – 19.30 – Poetry Walk with G.P.S. — The Global Poetry System

messagePoetry is all around us. It is in graffiti, carved into stone, in shop windows and parks. Ryan Van Winkle leads a poetry walk around Leith on a quest for found poetry. Bring a digital camera and we’ll post our finds on the G.P.S. website. ( This event is in association with the Southbank Centre in London and is part of a nationwide project to map where poetry is found all over the country. Come put poetry on the map! Find it. Map it. Share it.

Mon. 9 Nov. 14.00 – Carry a Poem

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.