This September, the SPL is pleased to welcome three new members of staff: Hannah Lavery, our Engagement Co-ordinator; Beth Cochrane, Programme Co-ordinator, and Rose Harrison, Learning Co-ordinator.
Hannah will take forward our new engagement plan to target audiences, including groups and communities identified in our Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion action plan. Beth will curate our spring and autumn programme of events and workshops, and will lead on developing our offer for the Edinburgh Festivals Fringe season. Rose will be working on our new learning plan supporting the professional development of teachers, and supporting the design and uptake of our education resources and poetry activity in schools and colleges
‘I love the Scottish Poetry Library and I’m thrilled to be part of the team,’ says Hannah. ‘I am passionate about the positive impact of poetry and excited about the possibilities of this role – promoting diversity and inclusivity and providing opportunity and support. I can’t wait to get started.’
Hannah grew up in Edinburgh and now lives in Dunbar. She graduated in English and Education with Commonwealth Literature from the University of Stirling in 2002 and spent several years teaching English in secondary school. In 2013, she founded CoastWord, an annual festival of music and words, and was Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence for East Lothian in 2014-2015. She adds, ‘I am a poet and performer and was recently awarded a Megaphone Residency by The Workers’ Theatre for my Spoken Word Show, The Drift.’
Beth says, ‘Working at the Scottish Poetry Library will give me the opportunity to bring people from all communities closer to poetry. This is something I feel particularly passionate about and will keep at the heart of my programming.’
She holds an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she also won the Scots vernacular writing prize, the Sloan Prize, in 2015. Her spoken word night Interrobang?!, won the Saboteur Award’s Best Regular Spoken Word Night, 2017. Her writing can be found in Gutter, the Dangerous Women Project, and 404Ink’s Error.
Rose says, ‘I’m delighted to be taking up the post of Learning Co-ordinator and working with the rich resources of the Scottish Poetry Library to advocate for poetry, reading and creative writing with learners and educators across Scotland. In this role, I’ll be further developing and promoting SPL’s educational resources, including our digital offer, as well as providing professional development opportunities for teachers and supporting the delivery of poetry activity in schools and colleges.’
In her career, Rose has worked her way along the spectrum of creative learning, from early years to adult learners, across both formal and informal educational settings. She has led education and community programmes for the National Theatre in London, headed up the learning department at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, and co-ordinated creative learning projects across Scotland. She has devised and led many creative workshops and facilitated CPD programmes for teachers and artists working in education. Recently she worked in student recruitment, with prospective students and their teachers, for the University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. ‘My own areas of creative interest,’ she says, ‘encompass performance, writing, producing and working collaboratively across art forms.’
I’m sure you’ll join us in giving them all a warm, SPL welcome.