From Tuesday the 12th of February, Oxgangs Library will be my poetic home away from home.

Starting with a Meet Ryan Session on Tuesday, I’ll be semi-based in Oxgangs hosting free poetic events and workshops and there will even be a free reading from the amazing Tom Leonard ! The month will also highlight the City of Lit’s Carry a Poem campaign, feature LOADS OF FREE BOOKS and a display with my favourite poetry collection. You can come and meet your Reader in Residence and chat on Tuesday 12 February from 14.00. 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!

OXGANGSpoetry month events

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tuesday, 12 Jan. 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

Wednesday, 13 Jan. 10.30 – Noon & Wednesday. 3 Feb. 18.30 – 20.00

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. Free books will  be available from The City of Literature! Come and get your copy.


Monday, 1 Feb. 16.00 – 17.00

A poetry afternoon for kids with writing games and activities!

Tom Leonard

Sunday 7 Feb 14.30 – 15.30

Leonard is active as a poet, scholar and polemicist. His readings are engaging, honest and thought-provoking. His poetry lives and breathes and stands as proof that poetry doesn’t live only in ivory towers or dusty library stacks. See him. Read him.