Our people

Asif Khan


Contact Asif about supporting the work of the SPL and the poetry community through strategic partnerships (in Scotland and internationally), sector advocacy or becoming a patron.

Aly Barr

Deputy Director & Head of Operations

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

Rebecca Oliva

Head Librarian

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

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 Services Development & Retail 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.

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.

Beth Cochrane

Events Co-ordinator

Contact Beth about poetry events, creative writing workshops, providing professional development activities for poets, organising visits by overseas poets, and room and venue hire enquiries.

Rose Harrison

Learning Co-ordinator

Contact Rose about professional development for teachers and educators, poets working in learning contexts, resources to support learning, competitions and projects with schools and colleges, visiting the library with school and college groups.

Hannah Lavery

Engagement Co-ordinator

Contact me about supporting individuals, groups and organisations in their engagement with the library but also through outreach projects.

Matthew Fellion

Library Services Officer (Saturday) & Library Assistant

Contact Matthew if you have an inquiry about the collection, events or online shop.