17 Brilliant Scottish Poetry Books from 2016

Cosy up with these beauties

Liz Lochhead may have stepped down as Makar, but she’s still writing poetry that can travel from heart-breaking to hilarious within a line, as shown with her new collection, Fugitive Colours. Seasoned voices published career-best collections - Don Paterson (with 40 Sonnets) and John Glenday (The Golden Mean) – while new voices – Vicki Husband (This Far Back Everything Shimmers), J.O. Morgan (Pattern Interference), Padraig MacAoidh (Gu Leor Galore), Harry Giles (Tonguit), and Theresa Munoz (Settle) left us in no doubt the future of Scottish poetry was in sound hands.

Better known as a novelist, Michel Faber published his heartbreaking sequence of poems about his wife’s death, Undying: A Love Story. William Letford brought out Dirt, a title which could also have applied to Nick Brook’s filthy Sexy Haiku. If you fancy an anthology rather than a collection channelling a single voice, try Lizzie McGregor’s Whatever the Sea, a wry, defiant collection of poems about growing old.

This was an outstanding year for Scottish poetry, with plenty of worthy titles to sink our teeth into. Thanks to our Twitter community for helping us to create this fantastic list.

Fugitive Colours cover

2. Fugitive Colours

Liz Lochhead
Gu Leòr / Galore cover

4. Gu Leòr / Galore

Pàdraig MacAoidh (Peter Mackay)
Settle cover

17. Settle

Theresa Muñoz