Author details

Jayne Wilding


Jayne Wilding lives and writes in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Jayne is a freelance writer and researcher and has been running writing workshops, particularly in areas relating to health and wellbeing, since 1998. She runs writing groups for the Maggie's Centres in Fife and Dundee and for Lapidus, Scotland.


Jayne Wilding’s pamphlet sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees was joint runner-up for the 2009 Callum Macdonald Poetry award. She was awarded a Scottish Arts Council bursary in 2003.

About writer's work


My main interest is in writing poetry about the natural world, wild places and travel. Walking in the mountains or by the coast has inspired my most recent work. I also have a strong interest in journaling and life story work. I continue to write in a variety of forms including: free verse, prose poems, haiku and tanka.

Current events and projects

I enjoy working to commission (see Arthur’s Seat and Hours, below). I am available to do readings and residencies. I also welcome the opportunity to lead general writing workshops with adults. I have a special interest in leading workshops where writing forms part of a healing journey. I also enjoy working outdoors, especially in gardens and forests.


I also have experience of working as a writing facilitator with older people with physical disabilities, impaired vision and hearing. I have worked closely with both individuals and groups interested in life story work through the Bingham and District 50 + and the 3rd Age Learning Projects in Edinburgh. I have also done life story work and bibliotherapy with older people with severe dementia. I have run writing workshops for adults with mental health issues through Artlink, Edinburgh and Lothians. 

Other work

sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees (Calder Wood Press 2008)
ISBN: 978-1-902629-18-6

Poetry featured and anthologised in:

The Poet’s Way (Windhorse Publications, 2010) ISBN: 9781 907314 04 9

a garland (island, 2008) ISSN 1475-9322

Ten Seasons (Scottish Poetry Library in Association with Luath Press Limited, 2007) ISBN: 978 1905222 80 3 and ISBN: 1 905222 80 7

Luckenbooth (Polygon in Association with the Scottish Poetry Library, 2007) ISBN10: 1 84697 018 0 and ISBN13: 978 1 84697 018 4

the heart as origami (Rising Fire Press, 2005) ISBN 0 9531266 2 5

turning toward living (morning star, platform projects, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004) ISBN 0 9546831 1 0

Mesostic Herbarium (morning star, platform projects, BALTIC

Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004) ISBN 0 9546831 2 9

Verse Chain (morning star, BALTIC 2003), ISBN 1 904477 01 1

Arthur’s Seat: Exploring Place (Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and out of the blue, 2002)

Hours (David Connearn and Talbot Rice Art Gallery, 2002) ISBN 0 9539735 3 0.

Plus work in:
Peace and Quiet (Artlink Exhibition, 2005), Chanticleer Magazine, Haiku Scotland, Poetry Scotland, Hummingbird, Nomad, Eildon Tree. Poetry has also been broadcast on BBC, appeared in artwork and set to music.

As editor/co-author:

Co-author of Creative Writing at Maggie’s in Journal of Holistic Healthcare Vol 9 Issue2 2012


Editor of We had a Good Life: Memories of Shetland by Chrissie Conquer Bingham and District Third Age Learning Project, 2001


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written