(born 1948 - ) - Born in Canada, raised in South Lanarkshire
Poet Valerie Gillies was born in Canada, but raised in south Lanarkshire and now lives in Edinburgh. She has been writing and teaching poetry and creative writing since the 1970s, working for organisations such as Artlink, the Avron foundation, and the University of Edinburgh. She completed her MLitt at the University of Edinburgh, after previously studying in India. She was the first editor of the SPL's poetry map of Scotland.
Gillies is particularly known for her collaborative work with photographers and other visual artists, most notably for her collection Men and Beasts with Rebecca Marr. Other collections include The Tweed Journey and most recently The Spring Teller.
She was Edinburgh Makar between 2005 and 2008, and has won three SAC awards and the Eric Gregory Award for Edinburgh. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband, and has three children.
- Add to BasketMen And Beasts: Wild Men And Tame Animals Of Scotland - Paperback
Men and Beasts presents a collaboration between an award-winning poet and an accomplished photographer, and combines prose, poems, stories, and images to depict wild men and domestic animals in their own settings.
Every spring and well has its own story - from those that have been sites of pilgrimage for 2000 years to those whose importance has recently been neglected. Capturing the essence of springs as a source of life, this collection includes poems about healing, history, protection and the future.