Scottish Poetry Library

Umbrellas of Edinburgh – podcast

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The Umbrellas of Edinburgh is a book of new poems, covering a wide range of city scapes.  The Scottish Poetry Library has taken some of these, read by their creators, and made them into a podcast which lasts about 43 minutes.

Each brief poem is written specifically about a different place, ranging from well known central landmarks to deprived outer city estates.  The voices in your ears will take you to a variety of places and times – including the resident who remembers catching his first glimpse of Rolls Royces in his street, during Festival time.

A delight to hear, and it will give a flavour (if ears can have tastebuds) of various parts of the city.  A great addendum or introduction to a visit.



Poetry book for new doctors…

“Tools of the Trade” was taken to a Helsinki medical conference on compassion recently, by one of its editors, Dr Gillies.


“The focus of the session I led concerned the power of poetry to appeal to both head and heart, intellect and emotion, and the way in which that can open up to new doctors a different way of seeing the patient in front of them, as well as the illness that patient has.”  Dr Gillies

The book’s editors are: Dr John Gillies OBE FRCGP FRCPE (a medical doctor who is former chair of the Scottish Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)), Dr Lesley Morrison, Revd Ali Newell and Kate Hendry.

More details on a writeup at the Scottish Poetry Library – who published the new book of poetry.

(same photo used as in article – by Alex Proimos under Creative Commons Licence)