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Sally Evans
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Sally Evans poet publisher and bookseller

Sally Evans was born in London, moved to Edinburgh and then moved to Callander, Scotland where she now lives and runs Kings Bookshop.


The Honey Seller (Firewater Press, 2009)

The Bees illustrated by Reinhard Behrens (diehard poetry in landscape, 2008)

The Great North Road (Poetry Scotland Windfull/diehard, 2007)

Bewick Walks to Scotland (Arrowhead, 2004)

Looking for Scotland (University of Salzburg, 1996)

Millennial (University of Salzburg, 1994)

Sally Evans gained an honours degree in Classics and Philosophy at university and a postgraduate librarianship qualification. She gave up working to move to Scotland and open a bookshop in 1987, somehow finding time to learn Gaelic and Scots. She has translated Christopher Whyte’s long poem about opera singer Maria Malibran from Gaelic in 2005 and her translation was published alongside the Gaelic original in An Chuarit, Dublin. Sally Evans was the winner in the StAnza Slam in 2007 and read at the StAnza (St Andrews Poetry) Festival in 2008.

Sally Evans runs diehard publishers, which has a poetry list, drama list and a few non fiction titles. Diehard books are sold Kings Bookshop, selected independent bookshops and other outlets. Ian W King does the binding for diehard books in a book bindery alongside the bookshop, but cannot take in outside binding work.

She also publishes the broadsheet Poetry Scotland (ISSN 1460-681X). Poetry Scotland is open to poets from within the UK postal area with a focus on Scottish poets.

She founded Old Grindles Bookshop in Edinburgh with her husband Ian W King. The bookshop moved with them to Callander and in 2000 was renamed Kings Bookshop. Kings Bookshop hosts Poetry Scotland’s annual Callander Poetry Weekend in September. Sally Evans and her husband live above the shop and have developed the garden as well as keeping bees.

Sally Evans won the Ted Slade Award for Services to Poetry in 2005.

“As intriguing, invigorating and sometimes downright infuriating reads go, it has to be said you’ll probably have to go a long way to beat this poetic tale of some bees and their elephant artist friend. The work of Callander poet Sally Evans, beyond what has been said above, practically defies description.” Gregor White (Stirling Observer)

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