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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 »

Official Launch Events for The Territory of Rain

The book has been out for a while, but because of the closure of the Scottish Poetry Library, not to mention the difficulties of getting four authors all in the same place at the same time, we are only just announcing the OFFICIAL launch, which will be at the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close Edinburgh… Read More »

The World Outside Opens

Wind Changing A north-east wind rises, bringing with it the rattle like promised rain of dry birch leaves along the dusty pavement. At night, ripe rain breaks like a wave on the weathered shore of our slates. Roof-beams creak and settle in their berths. The crowded leaves of ash and beech disperse. Light pours through… Read More »

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 »

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 »