Poetry at The Burrell

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Photograph showing the main entrance of The Burrell Collection

Discovery a suite of newly commissioned poems inspired by 'hidden gems' from the Burrell Collection, written by a selection of Scottish writers, and exploring some of the lesser-known objects in the collection.

Four of the poems were selected by Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, Jim Carruth, from an open competition.

Further poems were commissioned by Burrell from renowned poets Beth Frieden, Liz Lochhead, Nuala Watt, Jim Carruth and Nasim Rebecca Asl.

Explore some of Burrell’s ‘hidden gems’ during your visit – or listen at home.

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Burrell Poetry competition winners

Photograph of the poet, Craig Aitchison inside The Burrell Collection

Craig Aitchison - Poetry competition winner


A Scots poem about one of our Chinese jade carvings that plays on a bilingual pun around the word ‘fu’.

Photograph of the poet Lilya Barnard

Lilya Barnard - Poetry competition winner

Ode to Lain Caihe

Inspired by the figurines of the Eight Immortals in the North Gallery, particularly that of Lain Caihe.

Photograph of the poet James Bradley

James Bradley - Poetry competition winner

Peasants Hunting Rabbits with Ferrets

A response to one of the Burrell Collection’s fifteenth century tapestries.

Photograph of the poet Julie McNeill

Julie McNeill - Poetry competition winner


Inspired by the Rodin bronze Mother and Child in Grotto.

Burrell Poetry Commissions

Photograph of the poet Nasim Rebecca Asl

Nasim Rebecca Asl

Two, fallen

Nasim Rebecca Asl is a Glasgow-based poet and journalist, her poem is inspired by Rodin’s ‘Eve after the Fall’.

Photograph of the poet Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead

Shagreen, Chinese Parrots, Cross-stitch Flowers

Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet, playwright and broadcaster. Her poem celebrates a selection of objects from our ‘Burrells at Home’ gallery.

Photograph of the poet Jim Carruth

Jim Carruth

A farm worker visits the Burrell Collection, after discovering they have Dupuytren’s contracture & She Who Was the Helmet-Makers Beautiful Wife

In 2014 Jim became Glasgow’s Poet Laureate. These deeply personal poems explore two objects found in our North Gallery.

Photograph of the poet Nuala Watt

Nuala Watt

Video Displays

Nuala Watt’s poems have appeared in various anthologies and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. This poem celebrates the museum’s digital displays.

Image showing the sculpture The Call to Arms, by Rodin
Photograph showing a view of one of the corridors looking north into the North Gallery.
Photograph showing a stained glass panel of Beatrix Van Valkenburg
Photograph showing a sculpture St Walburga of Eichstått with nuns