Communications Manager

November 18, 2011


The Scottish Poetry Library is a dynamic organisation, a unique national resource and advocate for poetry. We are expanding our team over the next few months, and are initially looking for a Communications Manager to start in January. This will be a full-time post, based at the SPL in Edinburgh, working with the team to enhance the SPL’s profile and to bring people and poetry together.


  • to develop and manage the SPL’s communications strategy
  • to ensure that our social media maintains and expands its high profile: managing the blog, communicating via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr
  • to manage the website – maintenance, creation of content, commissioning
  • to manage communications generally: with press, radio, television, other organisations
  • to manage communications with our audience specifically e.g. a weekly email
  • to assist in marketing the events programme
  • to assist with the creation of regular podcasts
  • to edit the Poetry Reader twice a year
  • to act as liaison for and diary assistant to the Makar, Liz Lochhead
  • to communicate the Makar’s activities to the general public and stakeholders

Essential skills

  • A graduate with a wide knowledge of and enthusiasm for poetry
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Time-management skills, and an ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to take the initiative as well as work collaboratively
  • Significant experience in social media and communications
  • Attention to detail


  • £20,000 per annum starting salary


 See the attached background information for a general description of the SPL’s work:  SPL background for CM post

If you wish to proceed with an application, please send your CV with an accompanying letter, setting out your reasons for applying for this post and drawing attention to particularly relevant qualifications.

Please let us know where you found out about this post.

Referees’ names should be included but references will only be taken up in the event of your being selected for the post.

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr Robyn Marsack, Director, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

and emailed to:

The closing date is midnight 4 December 2011.

We expect to interview short-listed candidates on 12 December.

Fancy working at the wonderful Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? This from Nat Edwards, director.


We are currently recruiting for a new Learning Manager at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, to replace Alison Burke, who is leaving us for pastures new (well, castles old, to be precise) in the North East.

This is a great opportunity for someone to help shape our learning and public programmes; to build on the excellent work already done by Alison and her team in establishing an education service at the museum; to develop new audiences and particularly further develop its potential as a centre for Scots literature, culture and language as well as a cultural hub within the community.

More about the job here:

Invitation to tender

March 25, 2011

The Scottish Poetry Library and the Scottish Storytelling Centre are working on pilot projects in Edinburgh to bring oral culture and the power of memory and social connection to carehome residents and senior groups. We use stories, songs and poetry, with the help of trained volunteers and professional storytellers, across several different projects. We aim to develop this work as a single, well-resourced and sustainable model for delivery on a national scale, ideally in partnership with care or health organisations.

We are inviting applications to tender for research and recommendations on how we can best develop this work. It is crucial that the consultant has influential contacts with, and can think strategically across, social and healthcare policy as well as arts. This research is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Creative Scotland.

Tender submission by Tues 12 April.  Please see full brief below, and please contact Lilias Fraser to discuss any further queries,, 0131 557 2876.

Download: Invitation to tender (word document).


Creative Scotland is now accepting applications for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2011. The fellowship enables up to three writers to spend up to six weeks at the Hotel Chevillon in Grez Sur Loing, France.

Completed applications should be submitted no later than Monday 4th April 2011 to Emma Turnbull, Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG. Guidelines can be downloaded from the Creative Scotland website.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th April.

Details of the new Callum Macdonald Memorial Award are now available. There has been a change to the prize awarded:

The prize

The publisher of the winning pamphlet will receive a cheque for £750 and will hold the Callum Macdonald Quaich for 12 months.

The judges may also wish to award a runner-up prize.

The poet of the winning pamphlet in 2011 will be eligible for a separate prize, supported by the award’s sponsors, as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence for two weeks in July 2011 at Harvard University’s summer school in Greece.

You can download a pdf copy from the CMMA link on the website or obtain a copy from the NLS.


Mary Bourne, who carved the oak leaf pavement outside our building (left, in snow) is now working on an arts-based countryside interpretation project with the local Primary School and Path Network charity in Dufftown. They wish to recruit a writer. Please see further details below.

Mortlach Story Walks, March 2011

Deadline for submission 14th Jan 2011

Mortlach Story Walks is a partnership project between Mortlach Primary School, Dufftown, Moray and the Speyside Paths Network Group to produce arts-based interpretation for the countryside around Dufftown.

Opportunity 1: Writer to work with Primaries 2, 4, and 7 on text for 3 “Story Walk” leaflets.  Also work with children on brief poetic texts to be integrated into interpretative sculptures.  10 days @ £150 per day

Opportunity 2: Visual Artist working in 2d (photographer, glass artist, printmaker etc) to work with Primaries 1, 3 and 5 to produce visual artworks for public buildings within the town which celebrate the local countryside. 15 days @ £150 + £2000 materials budget

Opportunity 3: Artist/designer to work with Primaries 2, 4 and 7 on Story Walk leaflet designs and Primary 6 on a fold out poster/map and templates for information boards and way markers. 14 days @ £150 + printing budget

Practitioners can apply for more than one opportunity and collaborative applications are also welcome.

For a brief and application details contact: Mortlach Primary School, York Street, Dufftown, Keith AB55 4AU

Email: tel 01340 820268

If you would like to discuss the project, please contact project co-ordinator Mary Bourne on 01340 821162

Hark, writer pals!

Moniack Mhor – The Jessie Kesson Fellowship

1st– 27th March 2011



JOB DESCRIPTION – Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre are offering a unique opportunity for a published fiction writer to spend a month at the centre to dedicate time developing their own work.  The writer in residence will work a minimum of two sessions a week with the local community by sharing their expertise through workshops in schools.  The writer will be expected to participate in a literary evening event either as part of a ceilidh setting or at a designated local venue.

Moniack Mhor is a residential facility dedicated to the furtherance of literature in Scotland and beyond, it runs creative writing courses in partnership with the Arvon Foundation.

SALARY – £350 stipend per week and travel expenses.

DEADLINE – 29th November 2011

CONTACT DETAILS – Tel: 01463 741675