Emily Prince


About me… I hail from Melbourne, Australia, but am determined to make Scotland my home. I studied creative writing and then floated around a bit wondering what I should do and fell into library studies more by accident than anything else. It turned out to be the best accident of my life, leading me into various positions in public and academic libraries until I arrived here at the SPL. I have learned so much from my colleagues here and I get to discover new poetry I love every day – what could be better? 

Contact me about… anything to do with how to get the best from 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; long-lost poems you would love to find again, even if you only remember a few lines.

My favourite poetry quote is… ‘The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.’

My favourite poets are…in no particular order - Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Maya Angelou, Thomas A. Clark, Dylan Thomas, Emily Bronte, Jackie Kay, Pauline Prior-Pitt.

When not at work you’ll find me… reading anything and everything, writing creatively (I know my strengths – sadly, poetry is not one of them), travelling the length and breadth of Europe while I can, and studying various things (at the moment, I’m learning French)

My favourite biscuit… where to start? Dark chocolate gingers, Jaffa cakes, Australian Tim Tams, and good old chocolate digestives tend to be my preferred favourites…

My favourite cake… carrot cake!

Me as a form of poem would be… free verse, most definitely. A little bit rambly at times. Probably mostly ekphrastic – I draw inspiration for my own creative pieces from all over, including the existing work of writers who inspire me.