From Tuesday the 19th of October, Newington Library will be my poetic home away from home.

I’ll be semi-based in Newington Library hosting free poetic events and workshops! You can come and meet your Reader in Residence on 19 October or join our Nothing But the Poem workshop on 2 December at 19.00. The month will also feature a display with my favourite poetry collection and a reading with myself and the beautiful Andrew Philip. It should be a brilliant month so come along to any of the TOTALLY FREE events mentioned below or feel free to pop into the library and see what excellent poetry books are on offer!

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tue. 19 Oct 16.00 – 18.00

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. His first book is due out from Salt in November and is titled, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’.

Poems Aloud

Thurs. 21 Oct. 10.45 – 11.45

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.

An Evening of Poems…

Tue. 23 Nov. 19.00 – 20.00

Featuring Ryan Van Winkle and Andrew Philip. Philip’s ‘The Ambulance box’, has been short-listed for the Forward and Seamus Heany prizes. His moving poems explore loss and discovery while addressing the death of his first child. One of our favourite Edinburgh poets. Ryan Van Winkle is Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and his book, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here’ is focused on parting from America. His collection won the Crashaw Prize in 2009.

Nothing But the Poem

Thurs. 2 Dec 19.00 – 20.00

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 also features a unique poetry display of our favourite and most accessible collections.