Author details

Elspeth Brown


A member of the Solway Poets who as a group have performed regularly throughout Britain including at the Edinburgh Science Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Dumfries and Galloway Festival, the Wigtown Festival. Many published poems short stories and criticism . Former editor of Both Feet off the Ground and Markings. Play Scripts include The Siege of Haddington performed in St Mary’s Church, Haddington. Also Dynamo of the Twenty First Century, a play about the life of James Clerk Maxwell performed at his birthplace in Edinburgh and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A revised version called the Spectrum was performed in Edinburgh in 2002 with Andrew Dallmeyer playing Einstein for the Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund.

About writer's work

Special interests include The Green Man and John Muir. I am working on some poems about John Muir’s childhood in Dunbar. I also enjoy writing short stories and although I feel I should concentrate on one area of writing, I find I need variety. I very much enjoy the time I spend working with the Solway Poets both in writing and performances.


Currently working on a new version of my previous play about James Clerk Maxwell. Also a script of James Clerk Maxwell talking to John Muir.


Building up my next poetry collection slowly as I am still launching my latest collection.

Websites featuring the author

Website | Indigo Dreams | The Bakehouse

Current events and projects

Readings, poetry, short stories, can work in a group with Solway Poets. Workshops, elderly (nursing home visits)

Other work

A Crab in the Moon's Mouth, Selected Poems - published by Markings 2010


Local authority where they are based

East Lothian

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

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Playwright, Poet, Writer



Books written

Skunk Cabbage

Author(s): Elspeth Brown
The long-awaited new poetry collection by Elspeth Brown will appeal to all contemporary poetry and nature lovers.