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.
Currently working on 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 land use and ownership, particularly as these issues affect women.
You can find pdf. downloads of them here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).