For poets

For poets

Are you a poet with many books published?

Have you never written a poem before but you're thinking you might like to give it a try?

Have you published a few poems in magazines and a pamphlet out or you'd like to know how to get published?

Whatever stage you are at, we hope this page will be useful for you.

The Scottish Poetry Library cannot publish your work or read individual poems and respond with feedback, but we can provide you with the books, poetry and resources to develop your writing and help you find publication.

If you're in the area, please come visit us.  Exploring the library and our books on creativity and writing, as well as all our beautiful books of poetry, is a wonderful way to kick start your pen when it is lagging, or find inspiration if it is running dry.

If you want to meet and work with other poets, you might like to join our SPL Poetry Workshop.  If you are interested, have a look on our events listings and book yourself in for upcoming dates here.

Another great resource is coaching in the form of One-to-One Professional Development Planning Sessions for Poets with Philippa Johnston, offered in association with the Scottish Poetry Library.  Telephone Philippa Johnston on 01337 842513 / 07939 312829 or email for more details and to book a session.

We often host additional poetry courses and workshops, so do keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for more details.  We run a regular programme of events including readings by poets from all over the world.  One of the best ways to learn about poetry is to hear it coming from the mouth of the poet.  You can book in for our events here.  

Please have a look at some of our tips and resources at the link on the right hand side of this page, and explore our website and poetry resources on the internet in general.  There's a lot of poetry and advice available free online.  Hope to see you at an event at the SPL soon and do say hello if you come along.