Learn more about the staff, Board, Honorary Presidents and the Poets Advisory Group of the Scottish Poetry Library.
Asif KhanDirector. Contact Asif about strategic partnerships, sector advocacy or becoming a patron.
Aly BarrDeputy Director/Head of Operations. Contact Aly about matters related to the running of the Library building or staffing.
Maria CarnegieHead Librarian. Contact Maria about the library’s physical and digital collections and archive resources; delivery of library customer services; cataloguing and indexing of new acquisitions and special items; the SPL’s Library Management System and associated borrower services.
Colin WatersCommunications Manager. Contact Colin about the SPL's social media, web site, press enquiries, and the Scots Makar Jackie Kay.
Beth CochraneEvents and Volunteers Manager. Contact Beth about event proposals, venue hire, the Fringe Festival and volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Hannah LaveryLearning & Engagement Co-ordinator. Contact Hannah about supporting schools and community groups engaging with the SPL.
Toni VelikovaAssistant Librarian. Contact Toni about collections management, periodicals selection, acquisitions, reference enquiries, cataloguing and indexing, and the archive and cuttings collection.
Samuel TongueProjects Co-ordinator. Contact Sam about National Poetry Day, Tools of the Trade, publications or new project ideas.
Matthew FellionLibrary Assistant. Contact Matthew if you have an inquiry about the collection, events or online shop.
Ross JamiesonAdministrator. Contact Ross about the Library's shop, both within the building and online.
Rod HuntSaturday Library Services. Contact Rod about Saturday ideas and inquiries.
The board, as the charity trustees, have overall responsibility for the organisation. The Board is responsible for setting strategic direction, approving policies, for employing staff and overseeing SPL performance and finances. Aiming for best practice, the Board has formally endorsed the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector.
Board members have a range of skills, experience and different perspectives. Board members are elected by members, but the Board can also co-opt individuals for limited periods.
More information is available here.
Jane Ryder, OBE (Chair)Appointed 2017. Chair of Historic Environment Scotland and Board member of other public bodies. Former Chief Executive of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and former Chair of Arts and Business Scotland.
Dr James Ripley (Company Secretary)Appointed 2018. Academic Librarian.
Rory Anderson QCAppointed 2017. Lawyer.
Dr Fiona ForbesAppointed 2018. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Dr John Gillies, OBEAppointed 2016. Honorary Professor, Department of General Practice, Population Health Sciences; Senior Adviser, Global Health Academy; Co-Director, GHA Compassion initiative; Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care.
Marcas Mac an TuairneirAppointed 2017. Poet.
Gordon MunroAppointed 2017. Councillor, City of Edinburgh Council.
Stuart A. PatersonAppointed 2017. Poet.
Nuala WattAppointed 2017. Writer and lecturer.
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Our Honorary Presidents
From time to time, the Board of the SPL asks distinguished poets to become Honorary Presidents of the Library.
Poets Advisory Group
The SPL Poets Advisory Group was established in December 2017 as a means for poets to share their ideas on how the library engages and works with poets across Scotland. Participants contribute topics for discussion in the meetings, and SPL staff may ask for the Group’s feedback on projects. Following the Group’s meetings, detailed notes from the discussion are shared with SPL staff to be taken into account when determining and implementing SPL activities in line with the business plan ambitions for 2018 to 2021. For more information on PAG, click here.
Poetry Groups at the SPL
Several poetry groups meet at the SPL, where the comfortable surroundings and access to volumes of poetry make for a rich writing experience. You can discover more about each of the groups that meet at the SPL here.
We also have a page where you can find out more information about poetry groups that meet outside of the SPL here.