Reading at The Bakehouse

I’m really honoured and excited to be reading at The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet on 26 April (invite below). Please do come along if you’re near. From the Bakehouse:


Do join us to celebrate the publication of Jennifer’s second collection. it is a joy to welcome one of Scotland’s best young poets to The Bakehouse. Love Chrys and The Bakehouse Team.

The Bakehouse presents:

Saturday April 26th
7.00pm for 7.30pm

J L Williams

A rising star of the Scottish scene, American poet JL Williams’ celebrates the recent publication of her second Shearsman collection Locust and Marlin exploring the idea of home and where we come from. Her first collection, Condition of Fire (Shearsman), was inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and a journey to the Aeolian Islands
She has been published in journals across the UK and been translated into Dutch, Spanish, French and Greek. She plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library. 

“….star of the evening was JL Williams, with a pitch-perfect delivery that had the audience hanging on every dreamy word. Her poems were beautiful and mythic, conjuring evocative imagery that filled the room with magic.” The List,


The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate 
aka our regular Bakehouse floor spots open to all

Tickets £5.00 
To book ring 01557 814175 or email

The Bakehouse,
44 High Street,
Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
Tel: 01557 814175
Mob: 07891 803027

By jlwpoetry

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.

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