From Tuesday the 16th of February, Portobello Library will be my poetic home away from home.

Starting with a Meet Ryan Session on Tuesday, I’ll be semi-based in Portobello hosting free poetic events and workshops! The month will also highlight the City of Lit’s Carry a Poem campaign, featuring 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 16 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!

PORTOpoetry month events

Meet Your Reader in Residence

Tu. 16 Feb. – 14. – 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.

Nothing But the Poem

Tue. 23 February – 18.30 – 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.

Carry a Poem

Fri. 5 March – 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. Free books will  be available from The City of Literature! Come and get your copy.

Poetry Workshop – Forms

Tue. 9 March – 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.

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