Poet Valerie Gillies Read Tuesday

The first woman Makar (Poet Laureate) of Edinburgh, Scotland read at 7:30 pm in the Smith College Poetry Center.

Poet , Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies is an internationally known and highly regarded poet. She was the Edinburgh Maker, poet laureate to the city, 2005 - 2008.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
7:30 pm   Poetry Reading
Smith College Poetry Center

The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Presented by the departments of English, Religion, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. For more information, please consult the Smith College Poetry Center website. Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Valerie Gillies is an inspirational teacher of creative writing in schools and universities. As a literary arts practitioner, she has worked in psychiatric and general hospitals with Artlink, and in community arts with Lapidus. She is co-editor of the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever interactive poetry map of Scotland, which pinpoints locations and living poets.

Gillies is the author of ten poetry collections and many award-wining volumes including Tweed Journey (1989), Each Bright Eye (1977), The Ringing Rock (1995) and The Lightning Tree (2002). In 2005, she received a Creative Scotland Award to write The Spring Teller—her poetic journey to lost springs and legendary sources, medieval well houses and healing waters.



Find poems by Valerie Gillies on her website and the Smith College Poetry Center website.


 Biography Resource Center
 Includes entry from Contemporary Authors Online, 2006 and Contemporary Poets, 2001. Restricted for off-campus access to Smith students, faculty, and staff. To connect, enter your Smith Network username and password when requested.






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