This Special Collection brings together some of the recordings we’ve made over the years with poets from Scotland. Edwin Morgan recorded his reading for the Archive in his flat in Glasgow back in 2000, Douglas Dunn made his Archive recording in 2007, and Imtiaz Dharker came into our studio in 2010. In 2016 and 2017, funding from Creative Scotland has allowed us to extend the range of the work we can offer by poets from Scotland by inviting Anna Crowe, Christine De Luca, David Kinloch, Tom Pow and others to read their work for us.

We hope you will enjoy listening to this selection of poems written by Scottish poets. Each of the poet’s names below will also lead you to a full page about them and more examples of their work. And we’ll be adding more great Scottish voices as we record them.

The Good Neighbour - John Burnside
A Recipe for Whisky - Ron Butlin
Cherry Tree, at Dusk - Stewart Conn
Rounding - Robert Crawford
Eve of another war - Anna Crowe
Sang o da makker - Christine De Luca
Speech balloon - Imtiaz Dharker
Loch Music - Douglas Dunn
Orkney/ This Life - Andrew Greig
Talking Water Blues - W N Herbert
The Glen - Kathleen Jamie
Early Photographs of Historic Towns - Brian Johnstone
In My Country - Jackie Kay
Young Blade - David Kinloch
A Shrunken Head - Frances Leviston
from ‘At Maldon’ - J.O. Morgan
Skylark - Katrina Porteous
Caravaggio in Dumfries - Tom Pow
Donegal - Robin Robertson