Valerie Gillies

Poems By Valerie Gillies

The Well of the Outstretched Hand

A Place Apart

Robert Burns' Mither at the Well

  Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies, the first woman Makar (Poet Laureate) of Edinburgh, writes poems that are beloved in Scotland, and beyond. An internationally known and highly regarded poet, she is the author of ten poetry collections and many award-wining volumes including Each Bright Eye (1977), The Ringing Rock (1995) and The Lightning Tree (2002).

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. 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.

In the words of Douglas Gifford, "Born in Canada, brought up in Lanarkshire, educated in Edinburgh and India, Gillies writes a richly varied poetry which celebrates life." As reported in The Scotsman newspaper, "Valerie Gillies writes like the wind and jinks like a hare in the fields of language." Gillies home is in Edinburgh with her husband, the Celtic scholar William Gillies.






    Poetry Center Reading:
    Spring 2010