Valerie Gillies

Edinburgh Makar

Valerie Gillies was the Edinburgh Makar, poet laureate to the city, in 2005. Her 'official' poems include The Balm Well in 2005, A Place Apart in 2006 and To Edinburgh, a poem composed for the opening by HRH Princess Anne of the new Edinburgh District Council building, Waverley Court, in 2007.

Poet Valerie Gillies and photographer Rebecca Marr read their book Men and Beasts with Scottish deerhound friends in Makars' Court, the writers' museum, Edinburgh- Royal Mile.

Read the poem "To Edinburgh" here.