Bus Stop by Ceri Allen. Used with kind permission of the artist


Marjorie Lotfi Gill



– my Muslim grandmother’s words when giving a crucifix to my Methodist mother in Tehran

It doesn’t matter that she’s blonde,
doesn’t know a single word of Farsi,
or how to taarof, always refuse first,
before accepting a gift.

what you believe is your own trouble;
not one of us understands all the words
of our mother tongue. Look at the eye,
my father told me, watch it speak.

as long as you are here, I will be shelter.
believe in something: your hands pressed
together, palm to palm, are my body folded
into the name; each of us maps ourselves
in the mirror, measures what we already know.


Selected Feature Performances and Publications:

Feature Performances

Edinburgh International Book Festival (upcoming 2017)
St Magnus Festival (2017)
StAnza (2017)
Wigtown Book Festival (2016 and 2015)
Dundee Literary Festival (2016)
Rosslyn Chapel (upcoming 2017 and 2016)
Shore Poets (2016)
Blind Poetics (2016)
Henderson’s Poetry and Coffee (2016 and 2015)
Naked Aye Gallery (2016)
BBC Radio 4 (Something Understood, 2015)
Scottish Storytelling Centre (2015)


The Rialto (March 2016)
Gutter (February 2015)
Acumen (January 2015)
The Reader (January 2016, October 2015, April 2015)
Amsterdam Quarterly (Spring 2016, September 2015)
Magma (October 2015, December 2014)
The Lampeter Review (September 2015)
Southlight (September 2015)
Raums (June 2015)
CURA (Spring 2015)
Rattle (December 2013 and August 2014)
The North (August 2014)
Midwest Quarterly (Winter 2014)
Ambit (July 2014)
Mslexia (December 2013)

Newspapers and Radio

The Scotsman (February 2017) “Gift”
The Scotsman (July 2016) “Caught and Stopped”
BBC Radio 4, Something Understood (July 2015) “Barren”
The Scotsman (April 2014) “Out to Sea”


Dark Mountain Review (September 2016)
Umbrellas of Edinburgh (2107)
House of Three (2016)
Ailblins (2016)


Shortlist, Poetry School Primers 2016
Runner-up and Highly Commended, Wigtown Poetry Competition
Nomination, Pushcart Prize 2016
Highly Commended (Special Mention), Mslexia 2014 Poetry Pamphlet Competition
Longlist, The Rialto/RSPB Nature Poetry Competition 2015
Shortlist, Bridport Prize 2014 and 2015
First place, National Galleries of Scotland ‘Inspired? Get Writing’ Competition 2014