St Mungo’s Mirrorball ran its first event on Wednesday 16th March 2005, a reading by the American poet Mark Doty at the Glasgow School of Art, and has since run numerous events showcasing the work of emerging and established poets, organised and hosted by the poet Jim Carruth.

Our aims are to support the development of poetry and poets in Glasgow and to raise the profile of poetry in Glasgow and Glasgow poetry.


Supporting this are six key objectives

  • Showcase and support poetry of the highest standard
  • Enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors through this programme of free poetry events
  • Contribute to promoting the city’s image as a creative cosmopolitan city and a centre for artistic and cultural excellence
  • Create a focus for a greater interest and involvement in poetry among the citizens of the city
  • Through time increase the number of new and established poets living and working in the city
  • Promote poetry events that are as inclusive as possible to all of Glasgow residents


The Mirrorball has three honorary presidents

Carol Ann Duffy

Tom Leonard

Liz Lochhead


and four Friends of the Mirrorball

Lesley Duncan

Eleanor Livingstone

Robyn Marsack

Michael Schmidt


It has awarded three lifetime awards to: Edwin Morgan, Derick Thomson, and Hannah Frank.


St Mungo’s Mirrorball runs a series of its own poetry events, promotes all literary events across the city, and supports special poetry projects including Clydebuilt – an innovative mentoring scheme for developing poets of potential. Clydebuilt poets receive mentoring from experienced poets over a twelve month period; poets from the programme have gone on to be widely published, winning numerous prizes and awards.

To join the Mirrorball email Jim Carruth: jimcarruth63@gmail.com