Ruth Aylett

Ruth Aylett lives in Edinburgh where she teaches and researches university-level computing. She was joint author with Beth McDonough of the pamphlet Handfast, published in 2016. One of four authors of the online epic Granite University, she performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe. She has been published by Interpreter’s House, New Writing Scotland, Bloodaxe Books, Red Squirrel Press and others.


Lines on a Map »

A digital installation of commissioned poems responding to old maps

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer



The flock knows this land,
where among the rocks
the new grass comes first,
how to find the lee in a blizzard;

The hand knows this oval shape,
smoothed by sea and wind,
heavy in the palm, from a beach
so hot it scorched the flesh.

The body knows this lay of
a new baby into the crook
of the neck, the weight of
her uncertain wobbling head.

And we together knew
the in and out
of passing years
without thinking, without words.


Ruth Aylett