Valerie Gillies


"all the time I was there I was walking in your poem"

Anne Matheson, Biggar Public Art

"Gillies' poetry shows a masterly fluency with form kept taut by its over-riding themes... this is polyglot poetry, yet it has a remarkably unbookish and outdoors feel."

S B Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

Valerie Gillies' poetry collections include The Ringing Rock (1995) and The Lightning Tree (2002). She is a regular contributor to major anthologies such as The Faber Book of Scottish Poetry. Valerie has won the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry and three Scottish Arts Council book Awards.

Her work includes many collaborative projects with visual artists and musicians, notably in a series of poem-inscriptions with different sculptors at sites in Southern Scotland. The book Men and Beasts: wild men and tame animals of Scotland (2000), together with the touring exhibition of the same name, was the result of a collaboration with the photographer Rebecca Marr.

"A poet of unusual technical ability"

Shirley Toulson, British Book News

"I like the way in which these poems are rooted in the elemental world... the craft and truth are one."

Robert Nye, The Times

"Gillies writes of place, history, landscape, myth and legend. The Lightning Tree will enhance her reputation... Its language is musical, energetic, approachable; its subject-matter, life enhancing and invigorating; its themes fundamental and provocative."

Douglas Lipton, Northwords

Where to Buy

Copies of Valerie's books are available to buy from:

The Scottish Poetry Library Bookshop

Luath Press Bookshop

Amazon The Book Depository

Collections of Poetry

2009 The Spring Teller, Luath 
2002 The Lightning Tree, Polygon
available from Scottish Poetry Library
2000Men and Beasts, with photographer Rebecca Marr, Luath Press (non-fiction and poetry)
1998St Kilda Waulking Song, artist's book with Will Maclean, Morning Star
1995The Ringing Rock, Scottish Cultural Press
available from Scottish Poetry Library
1992Poeti della Scozia Contemporanea, Supernova, Venezia [translation]
1990The Jordanstone Folio, with 12 artists, Tay press
1990The Chanter's Tune, Canongate
available from Scottish Poetry Library
1989The Tweed Journey, Canongate
1987Leopardi: A Scottis Quair, Edinburgh University Press [translation]
1984Bed of Stone, Canongate, available from Scottish Poetry Library
1977Each Bright Eye, Canongate, available from Scottish Poetry Library
1975Poetry Introduction 3, Faber
1971Trio, New Rivers Press, New York

Contributions to Anthologies, selected

2006The New Minstels of the Scottish Borders, Deerpark Press
2005Tweed Rivers, Platform Press, Luath Press
2002Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century, Scottish Cultural Press
2002The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, Faber
2000Love for Love and Atoms of Delight, pocketbooks
2000The Jewel Box CD, Scottish Poetry Library
1998Homage to the Carmina Gadelica, Morning star