About the free book
Thirteen thousand free books, along with 50,000 special poetry pocketcards, were given away across Edinburgh during February 2010. We distributed them through:
- Edinburgh’s 26 public libraries
- Carry a Poem events
- Selected cafes & pubs across Edinburgh
- Job centres & leisure centres
- CLAN Edinburgh to adult learner groups
- Registered book groups
- All Edinburgh schools – for details, visit the Schools section
Large print editions of the book are available to borrow through Edinburgh libraries, and the Scottish Poetry Library.
All of the content of the book – the poems selected and the reasons why – can be found through the poem stories section of this website.
We have created a series of special poetry pocketcards, so that people can easily carry a poem with them. There were 21 different designs to collect: