I first came to Scotland in 1977, from Liverpool, when I married. From 1984-8, between raising three children, I studied medieval romances at Stirling University, under the supervision of the outstanding medievalist Felicity J. Riddy, taking an M.Litt. in medieval literature, and also began to learn about depth psychology and spirituality – particularly the mysticism of the Christian monastic tradition. As well as writing, I worked in the university chaplaincy from 1991-9, helped to run Stirling and District Youth Theatre during 1999-2002, and looked after an allotment and herb garden.
I have been included in the following anthologies:
Double Bill edited by Andy Jackson Red Squirrel Press 2014
Umbrellas of Edinburgh edited by Claire Askew and Russell Jones Freight Books 2016
Soundwaves: Writing from the Federation of Writers (Scotland) edited by Etta Dunn New Voices Press 2016
Brig and Rock Declaimers edited by Paraig MacNeil on Kindle 2017
The Physic Garden edited by Adam Horowitz Palewell Press 2017
Women with Fierce Words edited by Lesley Traynor 2017
Signs of the Times edited by Sally Evans Burgh Poets 2017
I have just finished writing my third collection, Haggards – poems about herbs, wild landscapes, and music as a response to personal grief and social upheaval, including a long poem The Wren in the Ash Tree, about the life history of wrens, collapse and regeneration, creativity, community, language and recognising the history of women – among many other things.
You can find pdf. downloads of them here
2017 Federation of Writers (Scotland) Landfall: An Anthology of New Writing 2017 (New Voices Press
2017 Matt McDonald Petrichor (to be published by Red Squirrel Press in 2018)
I am registered on the Scottish Book Trusts’ Live Literature Database which means that if you are organising an event which qualifies for funding, you may be able to get help with the expenses involved in booking me. You can see my profile on the Scottish Book Trusts website.
If you would like to book me to read (I love to do readings), you can reach me at email@example.com
I am deeply influenced by the work of Kenneth White and am a member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics. Other interests include permaculture and deep ecology, philosophy, folk music and legends, ancient languages and cultures.
I am a member of Scottish PEN, Scottish Writers Centre, Federation of Writers (Scotland) and Forth Valley Writers Collective, and I am currently working on the issue of inclusion and diversity in poetry (through the#derangedpoetess protest, and It’s Not Poetry).