Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer


  • Reading in Stonehaven

    I will be at the Wee Gaitherin Festival in Stonehaven, which describes itself thus:

    Three days of readings will take place from Thursday-Saturday August 1-3 in the main function hall at Number 44 Hotel, Allardice Street, in the Market Square. The events will feature poets ranging from the renowned to the unknown, and from twenty-somethings to octogenarians, all on an equal footing – our program is out now!

    I’ll be part of the Red Squirrel Press showcase at 12 noon, Friday 2nd August, which consists of, besides myself,

    Edwin Stockdale,
    Helen Boden,
    Hazel Cameron,
    Tim Turnbull &
    Carolyn Richardson

    It’s an enterprising programme, full of well-known writers alongside newer writers or writers you don’t get to see so often because of location, and I’m only sorry that having to travel means I won’t get to see a lot more of it

  • 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 House
    Balloch Road, Balloch, G83 8LQ

    start at 7pm promptly.

    The event will also feature Stanzalone Poetry from Auchterarder. Stanzalone Poetry is a group of writers whose principal passion is poetry. They are a subset of the Madding Crowd, born of the Auchterarder Adult Education writing classes. Always willing to listen, learn and to take advantage of opportunities to share their work.

    It would be lovely to see you there !

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    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 or extended content, so as to keep piracy to a minimum.

    The new platform is here.

    The first newsletter will be launched around the beginning of May.

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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 RuralTom Bowser, author of A Sky Full of KitesDr Catherine Mills, Senior lecturer in History, and Ivet Stancheva from the University Earth and Environment Society.

    In addition, there will be readings from the Paperboats Zine plus a workshop with artist Orla Stevens, exploring how we can send ‘messages’ on behalf of nature.

    The event is free and there is no need to book – just come along.

    You can read the new issue here

    The launch will happen at 3.30-4.40

    Writers include James Robertson, Kathleen Jones, Craig Aitchison, Elizabeth Rimmer, Jane Murray Bird, Morag Smith, Lydia Harris, David McVey, A C Clarke, Mandy Macdonald, Ian Grosz, Alec Finlay, Sophia Argyris, Sarah Wallis and Elaine Morrison.

  • Red Squirrel Press Autumn Showcase

    Red Squirrel Press is holding a showcase to celebrate the launch of no less than nine poetry collections.

    Scoltish Writers’ Centre. CCA.

    7-9pm Tuesday 17 October

    Red Squirrel Press poets

    Anne Connolly,

    Graham Fulton,

    Charlie Gracie,

    Andy Jackson,

    Eleanor Livingstone,

    Jean Taylor,

    Judith Taylor,

    Mary Thomson

    and Red Squirrel Press friend Lindsay Macgregor.

    I had the privilege of editing four of these, and I’m very familiar with the work of the others, so I know this will be an excellent night. Please book tickets via the Eventbrite link.

  • Fundraiser Event in Aid of MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank

    Logo of Red Squirrel Press, a squirrel in white against a read and black background

    Biggar-based publisher Red Squirrel Press invites you to an afternoon of Red Squirrel Press poets and friends in aid of MacDiarmid’s Brownsbank.

    Featuring some of the best-known names in poetry, WN (Bill) Herbert, Dundee Makar and Professor of Poetry, Sean O’Brien, multi award- winning poet and Emeritus Professor, Colin Will, writer, musician, former Scottish Poetry Library and StAnza International Poetry Festival Chair, award winning Biggar-based poet Lindsay Macgregor, Andrew Forster, highly-acclaimed poet and literature professional, including former Literary Development Officer for the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association and myself, – reading new work, as well as some favourites from Haggards and The Well of the Moon.

    This is a great line-up to be a part of!

    It will take place on the 28th October at 4pm

    in the Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum,

    156 High St
    Biggar, ML12 6DH

    Tickets £6

  • Glasgow Review of Books

    The Glasgow Review of Books was on hiatus for a long time, but under the direction of CD Boyland, has recently been relaunched, with a beautiful new format, and a LOT of fascinating articles, reviews poetry and more. You can find it here.

    Long-term readers of this blog will know I have been a fan of Jim Carruth’s farming poetry for years. He recently published the final volume of his Auchensale Trilogy, and I got to review it. Here is the link:

    Do seek it out – the Review, first – there are some sample poems for you to try too – but then the books.

  • Charms for the Healing of Grief

    cover of book. Black paper with a white oval cutout the title Charms for the Healing of Grief in black type

    This lovely thing just arrived. It is the booklet of the charm bracelet Hugh Bryden of Roncadora Press made

    bracelet of tiny linked books with alternating black and white edged pages and red covers in a black box

    There are seven charms, all Scottish emblems of healing – the owl, heather, daisy, pine, yarrow, oats and lark, and the charms are based on traditional healing traditions – except perhaps the owl. Often owls are seen as bad luck, but for purposes of my own – and because I like owls! – I have reinterpreted the call of a tawny owl as comforting, as in fact I find it.

    It is illustrated by Hugh Bryden who designed the book, and it exists in a limited edition of 100.

    picture of a yarrow head in white against an oval black background. Text runs For Grief that Pierces I am the bitter yarrow/my darkness is harsh against the tender/My power goes deep to mend/ what is brolen, to stanch the stream/ of loss, let life flow back.

    I have some copies which I have added to the shop. They are £12, postage and packing free within the UK. Roncadora Press will have more, and I hope to have news of a launch soon.

    blacl oval with a lark, wings outstretched in white. Text runs For grief that wakes with you.
Hear the laverock rise up/ in the morning. His song/is unvanquished, he pours/ joy like a fountain./ may it find your heart.

  • Red Squirrel Press Showcase

    On 18th April at 7pm

    CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street
    Glasgow G2 3JD


    The Scottish Writers Centre will host a Red Squirrel Press Showcase on the 18th April, when no less than nine poets whose books have come out since the pandemic will launch their new work. They are

    Patricia Ace The Lido at Night

    Chris Boyland Vessel

    Irene Evans In the Course of Conversation

    Ann MacKinnon Warp and Weft

    Ellen McAteer Honesty Mirror

    Evelyn Pye Steam

    Elizabeth Rimmer The Well of the Moon

    Morag Smith Background Noises

    SheilaTempleton Clyack

    It will be so exciting to hear the work live after all the times on Zoom! Please come – there will be copies on sale on the night, but I’m sure we would also be happy to sign copies that were bought on line!

  • Launch of Ceasing Never

    In May 2023, my friend the Edinburgh-based poet Helen Boden and I gave an online talk to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, on Geopoetics and Poetry. While preparing it, we realised that although geopoetics has produced some very innovative and creative work in many other disciplines, and attracted attention from artists in many genres, poetry itself did not feature as strongly as might be expected. What was more, geopoeticians did not appear to be particularly aware of recent developments in eco-poetry, nature writing or writing about place, while many writers in those fields did not seem to be aware of the potential of geopoetics.

    We felt that poetry would benefit from some focussed attention, while geopoeticians might appreciate more awareness of the diversity of poets writing currently, and the need to decolonialise the poetry canon. There is a lot going on in the fields of eco-poetry and place writing, and we feel that geopoetics, with its emphasis on getting outside traditional western ways of thinking and perceiving and centring our culture on awareness of the earth itself rather thatn traditional political or cultural constructs about it, might have something distinctive to add. This website is an attempt to keep this discussion going.

    The first step was to launch our website Ceasing Never, which will publish articles, reviews and analysis. We have a core group of contributors whose work in this field is established. The good news is that the site is now LIVE, and the first two articles are up, so please look – see what is on offer, and join the discussion via the comments (They will be moderated, so it might take a day or so before they publish).

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