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Community Projects

Delighted to be commissioned to write a poem for this community project.

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Open Book

I am a lead reader for the Open Book charity, facilitating a small group supported by Dunbar Library.

Open Book delivers more than 1,000 shared reading and creative writing sessions across the length and breadth of Scotland each year – from Ullapool to Brora, from Shetland and Orkney to Stranraer, and from Tiree to Eyemouth, and lots of the places in between. Groups run in community projects, prisons, healthcare settings, for the elderly, with refugees and migrants and in public spaces like libraries and galleries. Each session runs like a traditional book group BUT the reading is done aloud so that there’s no homework or preparation. Sessions run in English, Scots, Gaelic and Arabic


I am listed Ruth Gilchrist - Scottish Book Trust on the Book trusts Live Author database, this means I work professionally at a level that meets set criteria.

If you are planning an event and are interested in featuring myself as a writer or workshop you may wish to read the Scottish Book Trust website as you could be able to apply for funding.

You can also view more examples of my work on the Book Trust pages


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Strawberry Juice &
Seasparkle (The Edwin Morgan Project)

The Strawberries project was a collaborative way of keeping some of our groups alive during lockdown.


In the past I have been involved in collaborating on film poems, recording for radio. I also have words used as lyrics by musicians. I was a regular contributor to CoastWord festival.

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