Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Power Behind my On-Line Presence

I won’t be doing this often, don’t worry. But something exciting just happened in my family, and I feel the need to celebrate – and include a bit of shameless promotion of the power behind my on-line presence. This is Naomi, my younger daughter. She is also NMRimmer, who designed this site – and the… Read More »

Grounded Poets – Josephine Bacon

Last year at the Edinburgh Book Festival I heard three Innu poets read, powerful, compelling poems about the relationships of the Innu and their homeland, and the way the western culture distorts and oppresses both earth and people. (More about this event here) I’m not sure they would approve of that distinction I just made,… Read More »

The Territory of Rain – the Edinburgh Launch

Here we are in the Scottish Poetry Library’s new reading space, on Saturday. Outside it is snowing, and the wind is blowing from the east along the Royal Mile, but we are warm, dry and full of good writing and squirrel cookies. Anne Connolly and I have been reading together for a long time, and… Read More »

Book Launch, Scotia Extremis, and Some Readings

Bride’s Chickens Harbingers of spring, the sound of oystercatchers whistling in the dark. I’ve just been out for a walk. It’s cold, with frost lingering in the shade, but for the first time in weeks there is sunshine. The days are longer, and on Monday I was woken by birds in the garden. And today… Read More »

Kate Young at Celtic Connections – Umbelliferae

I got to this gig almost inadvertently when it was mentioned at the excellent event Songs of Separation last Thursday as part of Celtic Connections. My ears pricked up when someone mentioned it had something to do with herbs used in highland traditional medicine and I wasn’t too sure what we were going to get,… Read More »