Tag Archives: The Territory of Rain

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 »

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 »

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 »

Hunger Mountain by David Hinton

The subtitle of this short book of essays is A Field-Guide to Mind and Landscape, and it was written by the man who published the translations of Classical Chinese poetry which I wrote about in a post called Wilderness Poetry. Hunger Mountain is a study of Chinese poetics, closely bound up with Taoist and Zen… Read More »