So, it’s autumn. The rose hips are red and the leaves are gold. The swifts went weeks ago, and the swallows and housemartins disappeared between Sunday and Tuesday. And so will this blog – for a while. As a nation, Scotland is embarking… Read More »
This is the cover picture of the wonderful on-line magazine New Linear Perspectives where you can find four of my poems under the heading Inhabitation. This is a steal from David Morley who gave a poetry workshop when I was in Wenlock, which he described as ‘imaginative inhabitation’ of the Priory grounds where we were… Read More »
I’ve been so busy this year that in the scramble to get everything done, that the week’s designated task (ie get this week’s herb in) has been as much as I could manage, far too often. But although the herbs project is enormously interesting, and it’s expanding in directions I didn’t expect, and then had… Read More »
This is the lovely venue – Wenlock Pottery – where four Dark Mountain poets, Sophie McKeand, George Roberts, Susan Richardson and myself, introduced by Nick Hunt showcased some varied, original often innovative poetry, and frankly, had a ball. The venue was packed and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The day was also wonderful for me… Read More »
On Saturday 26th April I will be taking part in this event: Dark Mountain Showcase The Dark Mountain Project is an international network of writers and artists with a radical vision, offering up stories for an age of environmental and social crisis. This event, chaired by Nick Hunt and presenting Elizabeth Rimmer, Susan Richardson, Sophie… Read More »
Some time ago at an event known as Junk Jam, I met a young singer-songwriter called Neil Stewart. He was very kind about my poetry, and talked about interviewing me for a podcast. Some time passed. Neil is a prolific song-writer, and has been busy recording his own music, producing work for other artists, designing… Read More »
On Saturday 5th April I will be reading at Platform Poetry at the Off the Rails Art Centre in Ladybank, Fife. Off the Rails is a delightful innovative use for the old Stationmaster’s house alongside the railway, but it’s a small room, so please book early. On 26th April at 3:00pm I will be taking part… Read More »
The lovely people at the Read Raw website which promotes creative writing in Scotland have included me as the new featured poet. You can find my page here.
This weekend I was at the launch of Cora Greenhill’s new book, The Point of Waking, published by Oversteps press. It took place in The Outside Shop cafe, Hathersage, which is in Hope Valley, Derbyshire – one of the most lovely places I’ve been in for ages – and was a fantastic occasion, very well… Read More »
My poem, Naming the Autumn, is now featured on the Stirling Makar’s Poem of the Month page for November on the website of Stirling Council. You can see it here.