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Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Elizabeth Rimmer sitting next to her poem Blanket Bog on displace at Benmore Botanic Garden
Elizabeth Rimmer sitting next to her poem Blanket Bog on displace at Benmore Botanic Garden

Elizabeth Rimmer is a poet, editor and occasional translator who is widely published in magazines and online.  She is influenced by her experience of growing and using herbs, producing a modern translation of the Old English Charm of Nine Herbs in 2017, and a pamphlet with Roncadora Press called Charms for the Healing of Grief in 2023.

Elizabeth Rimmer has published four collections of poetry with Red Squirrel Press, Wherever We Live Now, (2011), The Territory of Rain, (2015), and Haggards (2018), and The Well of the Moon (2021). She has edited nineteen full poetry collections and eight pamphlets for Red Squirrel Press, and anthologies for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and the Scottish Writers Centre. She is a member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, and runs the ecopoetry discussion website Ceasing Never.


Latest Blog Posts


  • A Few Updates

    I have a new computer, which is very lovely in many ways, but I am struggling to find the photos I uploaded yesterday, so until I learn the file management system on this beast, there will have to be old photos. This is one of my library, which was set up last year. Although it…

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  • Lavender’s Blue

    It is Midsummer Day and the cloud is thick and heavy, though it is quite warm, and there hasn’t been much rain. The burn is quiet and the muddy banks are drying out. The pollen count is very high, so I am not even thinking of going into the garden until the next shower. The…

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  • May Reading

    The month started with Paula Jennings’ poetry collection, This is you Dear Stranger, published by Red Squirrel Press. It’s an astonishing book, not only because it was published while both poet and publisher were seriously ill, but because it moves beyond anything I expected from Paul Jennings, whose pamphlet, Under a Spell Place, exploring the…

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  • How Green is My Hilltop

    Everything greened up overnight. The alchemilla went from a tight nub of unfolding leaves to a whole clump of spreading leaf-fans and a fountain of emerging acid-yellow flowers. The thyme stretched five centimetres and put out purple buds. The broom bushes are fountains of gold and the hawthorns look like the last scene of Ghost…

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Upcoming Events


  • Balloch Open Mic

    I am very excited to announce this upcoming event: Balloch Open Mic—Elizabeth Rimmer as headliner I’ll be reading some old poems but also some of the newer Mercury poems. 06 May 2024. The Balloch HouseBalloch Road, Balloch, G83 8LQ start at 7pm promptly. The event will also feature Stanzalone Poetry from Auchterarder. Stanzalone Poetry is…

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  • New Platform for Newsletter

    I have moved to the Buttondown platform for my newsletter to avoid the abuse of AI, so I would like to ask all subscribers to sign up again. I am planning to make the newsletters more regular, but no more than once every six weeks or so, and to be the chief place for new…

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  • A Day for Nature

    Saturday 4th November, Stirling University This Saturday 4th November, Paperboats Writers will feature as part of A Day for Nature at Stirling University in the Pathfoot Building. The event will include a panel discussion of Landscapes in Time chaired by conservationist and author Polly Pullar, along with Rebecca Smith, author of Rural, Tom Bowser, author of A Sky Full of Kites, Dr Catherine Mills, Senior lecturer in…

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