Verses and Violets

Who are the queer women poets, who have been forgotten by history? Reduced to derogatory labels such as virgins, spinsters and old maids, LGBTQ+ women have existed on the margins of poetry for way too long. The SPL joins forces with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) to celebrate Pride month with Verses and Violets: Taking Pride in Queer Women Poets. Hosted by Kirsten MacQuarrie and chaired by Toni Velikova, this event will be an inclusive, informal conversation about our queer pasts, presents and futures, as well as the power of poetry to tell the tales of the women, who exist between the lines.

Kirsten MacQuarrie (she/they) is a Scottish writer and artist and the Membership Officer for CILIP in Scotland. Her writing has been published by New Writing Scotland, The Scottish Poetry Library, Glasgow Women's Library, Gutter Magazine, Scottish PEN, New Voices Press for the Federation of Writers Scotland, YWCA Scotland, South Lanarkshire Libraries, DREICH, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, Skirting Around, BlueHouse Journal, Bathed in Concrete, Liberally Quarterly and Coin-Operated Press. In 2020, their short story 'The Wordsworth Women' won second prize in the Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox competition.

She tweets @GGallerina and her website is

Toni Velikova (she/her) is the Assistant Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library and the Secretary for CILIP’s LGBTQ+ Network. She has done academic work on censorship and suppression of LGBTQ+ texts.

someone will remember us
                       I say
                             even in another time

                                      Sappho (trans. Anne Carson)

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