Reading and Writing

Bards in the Bog

Bards in the Bog

Bards in the Bog displays original poetry in Shetland's public toilets.

First launched in 2009, the project has caught the imagination and attracted some really fine poets. 


Shetland library with Scottish Book Trust presents: Bards in the Bog 2020

The return of the project that puts poetry in public toilets

Submit your short poems for a chance to become a 'Bard in the Bog' and win a £50 book token

Winning poems will be displayed in Shetland's public toilets and on the Library website

  • Your poem must be no longer than 16 short lines (a font size of at least 16 points must display well on an A4 portrait style poster).
  • Poems must be original, unpublished and your own work.
  • Anyone of any age can enter and poems can be on any theme.
  • Entries from outwith Shetland are welcome.
  • Include your name, address, email and phone number with your entry.
  • Please email entries to or post entries to: Shetland Library, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0EL
  • Closing date for entries: Tuesday 27 October 2020
  • This project is sponsored by Scottish Book Trust.
  • For more information, phone 01595 743868