Category Archives: News blogposts

#Deranged Poetess

The #derangedpoetess debate seemed to me important on several levels. It wasn’t only that Oliver Thring seemed to me to be condescending to Sarah Howe as a poet and an academic, nor that he dismissed a lot of reasoned and specific criticism as the work of ‘deranged poetesses’. The very fact that such an interview… Read More »

Two Readings and a Review

As part of the Red Squirrel Tenth Anniversary celebrations, there will be a launch event for four poets – Anne Connolly, Andy Jackson Chris Powici and myself – on the 12th April in the Scottish Writers Centre, CCA, Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, from 7-9 pm. You can find full details here. And there will be a… 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 »

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 »