A huge number of writers and poets have written in Scots. Of course Robert Burns is the most famous but there are plenty of others too.

Learning more about these brilliant Scots writers will help you to become a better writer yourself.


A poet whose writing in Scots is known and loved around the world. Learn about his life and works on the Scottish Poetry Website and read some of his famous poems in Scots.
Learn about Burns and read some of his poems

Animated history of Burns, telling his life story in an enjoyable informative way
Watch an animated history of Burns
A popular poet who devoted his life to writing and to the Scots language. Find out more about this influential Scots poet on the SPL website.

Find out more about William Soutar
Scotland's National Makar, Liz Lochhead's poetry and drama have entertained and influenced a great many people. Her poem 'Bairnsang' is one of the most powerful pieces in Scots literature.

Read Bairnsang

Learn more about Liz Lochhead

Sheena Blackhall is the Makar for the Doric north east of Scotland. Her poetry and stories are loved by people of all ages. Read about this versatile prolific Scots poet on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Learn more about Sheena Blackhall

Download Jessie the Jumbo, a collection of new stories by Sheena Blackhall, from Smashwords


A dynamic young Scots writer and excellent performer of his own poetry. Meet Billy and read his poem "Wit is it" on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Find out about Billy Letford

Watch Billy Letford perform "Hunners o birds on the roofs"