Our people

Asif Khan


Contact Asif about collaborations, partnership development or becoming a patron.

Aly Barr

Deputy Director

Contact Aly about matters related to the running of the Library building or staffing.

Lilias Fraser

Projects Manager

Contact Lilias about reading groups and courses, reader development with libraries and library training, Poetry Issues e-newsletter, looking at poetry with older and carehome groups, the National Poetry Day Scotland postcard campaign

Colin Waters

Communications Manager

Contact Colin about communication strategy within the SPL, including the SPL's social media and web presence, press enquiries, Poetry Reader, and about getting in touch with Scots Makar Jackie Kay.

Gillian Hamnett

Library Administrator and Duty Manager

Contact Gillian about the SPL Gift Shop for all trade and buying enquiries, supporting our work through Friends memberships and donations, or with expressions of interest in our Volunteer Programme.

Elizabeth Welsh

Saturday Duty Manager

Contact Elizabeth on Saturdays if you have an inquiry about the collection, events or online shop.

Rebecca Oliva

Senior Librarian

Contact Rebecca about the collections, acquisitions and donations, our digital strategy, and exhibitions – realised or potential.

Emily Prince


Contact Emily about our online catalogue; periodicals and e-zines; bibliographical enquiries; information about poets, particularly Scottish poets; how to get poems on particular themes or for particular occasions; to find poems.

Nigora Asaeva

Library Assistant

Contact Nigora about renewing your books and postal loan requests.

Marjorie Gill

Community and Development Manager

Contact Marjorie about community projects and partnerships, outreach creative writing and reading sessions, workshops and events, and collaborative opportunities



The Events team curate poetry events, create workshops, provide professional development activities for poets, and organise visits by overseas poets. Please contact them with room and venue hire enquiries.