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Poetry News

This photo was taken by my friend Edwin Stockdale ( a very promising poet in his own right, whose pamphlet Aventurine was published by Red Squirrel last year), at the launch of The Territory of Rain last Friday. Behind me you can see the shelves of King’s Bookshop where the Callander Poetry Weekend takes place,… Read More »

Some Announcements

Exciting times are coming! This is the first of some lovely opportunities I’ve been given in the last couple of weeks. Five local poets, Morticia Crone, Sally Evans, Anita Govan, Charlie Gracie and myself are going to be reading at the Mugstock Festival of Music and Merriment this Saturday, in Mugdock Country Park, at 5:30.… Read More »

Introducing Zoomorphic Magazine

Today  a new online magazine is launched, featuring poems, essays, short prose pieces and reports ‘in celebration and defence of animals’. Edited by Susan Richardson (poetry) and James Roberts (prose), it boasts a site lovely to look at and easy to read. This first issue features poems by, among others, Gillian Prew, jean Atkins, Bridget… Read More »

Heart of the Travelling People – Open Poetry Day

This is what is known as ‘the tinkers’ heart’ on the road near Strachur. It is a place that is very special to the traveller community, and there is a campaign, run by Jess Smith, to have it marked as a place of historic significance. You can see the campaign page here: Saving-the-heart-of-the-Travelling-People. On Saturday… Read More »

Double Bill Reading Dundee

The poetry show finally comes to Dundee! Poetry, visuals and music inspired by popular culture – film, tv, music, radio, art and theatre. From Strictly Come Dancing to The Italian Job to Van Morrison and much more …take a look here for a flavour of the anthology https://doublebillblog.wordpress.com/ The event will take place in the… Read More »

StAnza 2015

I did take my camera to StAnza this year, but it never even came out of the suitcase. I was too busy, meeting people, listening to poets, learning from poets, finding good books, and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. So please go to th Stanza website – there are pictures and memories galore. In so many… Read More »

Poems in The Stare’s Nest

The Stare’s Nest is a blog started by Judi Sutherland over a year ago, to provide a place where poetry can engage with modern life. Since then, many powerful, beautiful and intriguing poems have passed through its portals, and I’m honoured, and very grateful, that today, two of mine have joined them. You can find… Read More »