anita govan

Hello, I'm Anita Govan, performance poet based in Edinburgh. I was appointed Stirling Makar in 2012

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'Easy, loping rhythms … direct and pressing … bright, glittering vocabulary.' The Guardian
'A musicality that rolls out a
rhythmical ribbon.'
'Warm and strong, beautiful words and evocative imagery.'
The Scotsman
'Kick-starting an interest in poetry not seen since the days of Hugh MacDiarmid and Dylan Thomas.'
Scotland on Sunday
  I'm putting together my second collection of poetry, running poetry workshops in communities and schools… oh, and I've just launched my new CD. So there's never a dull moment!

My workshops are challenging, inspiring and FUN. I have a special interest in working with young people and helping them to find their voice. There is nothing more exciting than watching someone's self-confidence rocket when they discover their power through poetry.

'Unfreezing the petrified imagination' became central to my vision when I trained with Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Canada. Another source of inspiration for me is the Goat Island performance company, Chicago. Since attending one of their summer schools I have continued to develop 'the process of creative response'.

I initiated the first poetry slams in Scotland and have been described as a 'driving force' in many successful events and clubs for seasoned and emergent performance poets. I enjoy cross-artform collaborations – video, theatre, music and visual arts. At present I'm working on a new show with drummer Paul Mills.


Freelance performance poet Anita Govan is available for workshops, residencies, school visits, public readings and various stage performances and collaborations. She has run workshops in schools, youth projects and festivals. She sees poetry as an exciting and powerful tool for people of all ages and backgrounds to find their voice and discover themselves as poets.