Category Archives: Poetry

In the Margin by AC Clarke

In the Margin Published by Cinnamon Press ISBN 978-1-909077-95-9 I have always liked AC Clarke’s poetry. It’s clever, detached, witty, observant and meticulously crafted. But in this collection, something seems to have happened. The subjects are familiar – the small grotesque creatures, obscure characters from history or and objects from museums are still here, wild… Read More »

Happy Christmas

Christmas The alchemy of myth – the stars and angels, the earth’s return to light, green ivy, the quickening sap in the tree’s deep heart, the cattle kneeling in frosty fields, the robin’s song at midnight – all refined to the bare particular fact of a birth – that night, that inn, that boy.

Reading at Writers in the Bath

Here we are, Cora Greenhill and me, just after the reading at the Writers in the Bath event Cora organises every month in the Bath Hotel in Sheffield. The room is small ( but some of the best events are in small rooms – the bookshop in Callander, and Platform Poetry in Ladybank spring to… Read More »

Norland Wind

The Violet Jacob poem Norland Wind (set so hauntingly to music by the singer Jim Reid in 1984) has been on my mind for the last three days, since the wonderful event I went to in the Edinburgh Book Festival. It was called Innu Poetry from the Canadian Tundra, and featured three Innu poets Josephine… Read More »

Back from the Holidays

While the English are still in the middle of their summer holidays, our school-children are going back to school today. Disappointing as this is, when the weather has only just improved, there does seem to be an appropriate feel to it. The blue tits are back in the garden, there’s a grey squirrel pinching the… Read More »

Forth Valley Open Studios and New Poetry

The new header image on the blog is taken from this view across Flanders Moss, a place I find myself increasingly drawn to.Later that day a heavy shower came roaring over the empty space, flattening everything. It was such a spectacle that we were almost caught in it, rushing for shelter at the very last… Read More »