Looking for more in Author Directory?

Aidan Semmens

All of the information on this page has been provided by the author. If you need an author to have specialist skills, experience or knowledge please ask for more information about this ahead of booking them for an event. Please note that Scottish Book Trust cannot carry out Disclosure checks on Live Literature authors for most events. It is the responsibility of the person organising the event to carry out the appropriate Disclosure checks.
Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Orkney Islands
Languages: English
Aidan Semmens's headshot

Aidan Semmens is the author of six volumes of poetry, including four from Shearsman Books – A Stone Dog (2011), Uncertain Measures (2014), Life Has Become More Cheerful (2017) and There Will Be Singing (2020). The Jazz Age, a sequence of surreal and comic vignettes casting historical characters into anachronistic situations, was chosen by Salt Publishing to relaunch its Modern Poets series in 2022. He is also editor of the online poetry magazine Molly Bloom, and before moving to Orkney edited an anthology of Suffolk poetry, By the North Sea (Shearsman, 2013). He is widely published in poetry magazines and has given many readings of his work, including at festivals in Berlin, Aldeburgh and Dorset.

Professionally, he has been a sportswriter, a news columnist, and a sub-editor for newspapers including The Daily Mirror, The Independent, the i, and for many years the News of the World, where he specialised in sport. He has coached young reporters in journalistic writing skills and wrote the style guide for the Ipswich Evening Star, where he was chief sub-editor. He has also written for magazines on subjects ranging from medieval church art and architecture to photography, travel and green issues.

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Panel event; Reading; Workshop

Topics of work

Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Nature; Politics

Age groups published for


Age groups will work with


Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+