Author details

Judith Taylor


I come from Perthshire originally, and am now based in Aberdeen. I studied English and Mediaeval History at St Andrews and now work in IT. I write poetry, and the occasional review.

About writer's work

My first chapbook collection, Earthlight, was published by Koo Press in 2006 and my second, Local Colour, by Calder Wood Press in 2010. My first full-length collection will be published by Red Squirrel Press in September 2017. My main interests as a poet tend to be landscape (urban as well as rural) and history (unreliable history especially). I write loosely stanzaic poetry but in the past few years I have been experimenting more with some of the fixed forms, and also with more fragmented and more visual ways of constructing a poem.

Websites featuring the author

Sometimes Judy

Current events and projects

Principally readings, though I have facilitated a small number of workshops, on Flash Fiction and on the sonnet.

Other work

Earthlight 978-0-9553075-3-9 Poetry chapbook Koo Press, 2006 Language: English Age group: Adults

A series of poems loosely structured around the seasons of a year, written across the period when the poet moved from a small town to the city.

Themes: City life, nature, relationship

Local Colour 978-1-902629-34-6 Poetry chapbook Calder Wood Press, 2010 Language: English Age group: Adults

A collection of poems which take a sympathetic, but often skeptical, look at ghost stories and histories, and the uses we make of them.

Themes: History, supernatural, Scottish identity

MsLexia 39, Winter 2008 poem “Flight”

Poetry Scotland 57, Autumn 2008 poem “Midsummer” 61, Summer 2009 sequence “Dynasties pass: auld sangs, faur frae China” 66, Winter 2010 poem “Fell”

Pushing Out the Boat 7, 2008 poem “September” 8, 2009 poems “Ashore”, “Before day”, “Ungrateful poem” 9, 2010 poems “Fairytale ending”, “Lean times”

The Rialto 64, Spring 2008 poem “Islands”

Skein of Geese: poems from the 100 Poets Gathering, Stanza 2007 (Shed Press 2008) poem “Cailleach”

Smiths Knoll 45, Summer 2009 poem “Epithalamium”

Stone Going Home: New Writing Scotland 28, 2010 poem “The end”


Local authority where they are based


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


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type



English, Scots