Author details

Nancy Somerville


Born 1953 in Glasgow but now living on the Isle of Mull, my work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies. I am a retired Community Education worker. Part of my work involved organising and running writers workshops. I write mainly poetry, but also some short stories and have finished the first draft of a novel. In 2004, I co-edited with Stewart Conn, Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children, (City of Edinburgh Council, 2004). I am a former convenor of Edinburgh's Shore Poets:

About writer's work

My poetry often includes observations of the seasons, wildlife and landscape, both Scotland's and beyond. Other frequent themes are relationships, family, history and politics. I write in English and contemporary Scots. I received my publisher's award in 2010 for my poetry collection, Waiting for Zebras (Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) 2008).

Current events and projects

My former work in Community Education included organising and running writers groups and workshops, mainly for adults. I am an experienced and confident reader of my own work to small or large audiences. I am happy to consider taking part in any type of writing/reading related activity.

Other work

'The Big Hooley' has been much anthologised, including in 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press, 2006) and in Skein of Geese: Poems from The 100 Poets Gathering (StAnza 2008).

'Bucket of Frogs' was the title poem of New Writing Scotland 26 (ASLS 2008) and was read on BBC Radio Scotland's Book Cafe in September that year.

In 2015 my short story, Mountain Avens, won the Scottish Mountain Writing competition.


Local authority where they are based

Argyll and Bute

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


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Books written

Waiting for Zebras

Waiting for Zebras

Author(s): Nancy Somerville
First poetry collection, includes a sequence of blackbird poems, and 1st July 1999, a long poem in four sections describing the day when Scotland's parliament regained its powers.