Geopoetics Day 2018 – Stravaiging along the Water of Leith to Leith Parish Church Hall

The Scottish Centre for Geopoetics was established in 1995 by Tony McManus and others and is affiliated to the International Institute of Geopoetics founded by Kenneth White in 1989.

The geopoetic project is not one more contribution to the cultural variety show, nor is it a literary school, nor is it concerned with poetry as an art of intimacy. It is a major movement involving the very foundations of human life on earth.” Inaugural text of the International Institute of Geopoetics.

The Scottish Centre for Geopooetics is a network of individuals who share a common interest in developing an understanding of geopoetics and applying it creatively in their lives. We organise talks, discussions, day and weekend events, conferences and courses, including field work in interesting places, which are designed to extend our knowledge and experience of geopoetics.

We have members in England, Wales, Ireland, USA, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Australia as well as throughout Scotland and we welcome new members from all over the world.

You can join us and become a member by using the membership application form on our membership page.

Stravaig #9

Call for prose/essays, poems, images and artwork about Geopoetics generally and on the theme a sense of place, of belonging to a place and memories of place – duthchas in Gaelic.

Deadline: Friday 31 January 2021

We welcome prose/essays, poems, images and artwork about geopoetics generally and on this theme for our online journal Stravaig#9. These can be previously published except for the essays. If you submitted work for Stravaig#8 you do not need to submit it again. Please email them to <>.

In the Forest, Lesley Burr from Stravaig#8


  • Essays/prose must be under 4,000 words attached as a separate Word document. We cannot accept PDFs. Up to 6 images (jpegs only) to accompany them are very welcome.
  • Up to 3 poems attached as a separate Word document (3 pages max) may be submitted. No PDFs will be accepted.
  • Up to 4 images and artwork (4 pages max) should be submitted as jpeg attachments, no bigger than 2 MB in the first instance.
  • A mini-bio in a Word document (maximum 90 words) should accompany your submission.
  • All submissions should be titled with author’s/artist’s name and title of piece. Eg. [Your Name]_[Title of Piece].

We regret that submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines cannot be considered and that we are unable to pay contributors.

The editors are Norman Bissell, Ullrich Kockel, Callum Sutherland, Caroline Watson and James Murray-White. Their decision is final on all submissions.

If you haven’t heard back from us by 1 June 2020, you should assume that your submission has not been successful on this occasion. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to notify everyone who submits their work but we do read all work submitted.

The Forest that Used to Be, Dina Fachin from Stravaig #8

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part One here.

Altan Dhu Black Water Jan Kilpatrick

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part Two here.

Fallen and Uprooted Dina Fachin

You can read the latest issue of our journal Stravaig #8 Part Three here.

Long Philip Burn, Selkirk 1 Sue Bell

Our first print issue Stravaig #7 can be purchased for £5.60 including postage & packing from our treasurer David Francis 214 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH15 2AU.

Virtual Geopoetics Event

Our Geopoetics event on 7 November was a great success with at least 45 members (several happy ones from USA, from Italy, France, England as well as Scotland) & non-members attending. We had some lovely songs from Ada Francis and thoughtful discussions about arranging a series of virtual conversations in 2021. We also discussed themes for our Stravaig #9 journal and ensuring space for geopoetics work of a more general nature. The tour de force lecture by Richard Roberts which analysed some of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poem On A Raised Beach and much else is now on our website here. A must read!

Many thanks indeed to Ada, Richard and Dave Francis who organised and chaired it so well and to everyone who attended. Our membership is at its highest ever but if you haven’t joined or renewed yours, please do so and encourage others to. We have lots of excellent plans for the coming year and we hope you will join us and be sure to be part of it. See Membership below.

Ada Francis is a singer, songwriter and harpist whose band Lyras has just released its first single, ‘Don’t Keep Me Awake’.

Presentations on Geopoetics

The life-affirming second Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture in two parts by Mairi McFadyen at our Geopoetics Day on 3 November 2018, A Journey into Geopoetics/Finding Radical Hope in Geopoetics can be read here.
An inspiring lecture by Alastair McIntosh to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Some Contributions of Geopoetics to Modern Scottish Land Consciousness can be read here.
The insightful keynote address by Norman Bissell to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Expressing the Earth: Geopoetics and George Orwell is available here.
Another fascinating keynote address by Prof. Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll & Bute; Minister for UK Negotiation on Scotland’s Place in Europe, to the Expressing the Earth Conference on Sweet the Cuckoo’s Sound: Argyll: Place, People and Neighbours is here.
The first Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture on Nan Shepherd: an Early Geopoet by James McCarthy is also available to read here.

2019 Events

1. A Geopoetics Conference Expressing the Earth in the Year of Indigenous Languages at Wiston Lodge near Biggar from 14-16 June 2019                                                                                             

It featured an inspiring programme of outdoor and indoor workshops and talks, films, discussions and performances of poetry, prose and music. Free time was also provided to develop creative work emerging from the workshops and talks. See more about our Conference Programme on the menu above.

2. A Geopoetics Day at the New Lanark World Heritage Site on Saturday 12 October 2019
It included a talk by Katherine Buchanan about her ancestor James Buchanan who initiated progressive education for infants at New Lanark, a walk along part of the River Clyde in full spate, our Annual General Meeting and the third Tony McManus Geopoetics Lecture by Norman Bissell on Tony McManus and Geopoetics in Scotland: past, present, future.