If you’re looking for some poetic inspiration, the Scottish Poetry Library has a fantastic database of poems about pretty much anything. Want something about Doctor Who, mermaids or spiders (
Here are some poems about Edinburgh I’d like to share with you. Hope you like them, and you’ll be inspired to read more poetry. It always bring me comfort, laughter, and food for thought.
Embra buses, by Stephanie Green
I love this poem because it’s so relatable. I’d rather take a bus in Edinburgh than a taxi or an Uber because I get to be above people, so I can observe them walking past each other, stumble on a cobble, do their shopping, take selfies, run after their kids… To me, this is a poem about Edinburgh’s vitality and diversity.
A Month on the Mile, by Christine de Luca
I have a love/hate relationship with the Royal Mile. When I first came to Edinburgh,
To Edinburgh, by Valerie Gillies
« We are the city, you are within us. » Is this why Edinburgh feels so special? Decide by reading the poem.
Threshold, by Jackie Kay
You know I adore Jackie Kay: great humour, gorgeous poems and novels, and her experience
So it’s not precisely about Edinburgh, but I love what she has to say about modern Scotland, its people, and its diversity. This poem teaches us a vital lesson: