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The Neil Gunn Competion

Not to boast, but to reveal this beautiful certificate – check those Pictish fishes! Seriously, though, I had a wonderful day in Inverness yesterday at the Award Ceremony for the Neil Gunn Writing Competition. It was held in the Town House, a stone building of such grace and friendliness it puts the average council offices…
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June 24, 2009 4

website down

The company hosting my website, burnedthumb.co.uk seems to have gone bust, taking the website with it. There will be a new one up shortly, as soon as my consultant (i.e. daughter Naomi) gets over the horrible flu she’s had. In the meantime, I’m preparing for a reading I’ll be giving on Sunday 5th July at…
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June 11, 2009 2

a world of poetry

One of these days I will have to review some of the new poetry that has fallen into my lap lately. I am a sucker for books with water in the title so I have Matthew Hollis’ Groundwater and Gillian Clarke’s A Recipe for Water, which have stunned and excited me. Then there was Alan…
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May 28, 2009 2

From Wood to Ridge Sorley Maclean

Or Somhairle Macgilleain as he would have written it in Gaelic. The book I’ve been reading is the Penguin collection of poems with a simultaneous translation From Wood to Ridge. It is beautiful and powerful, and completely gives the lie to people who see Gaelic as an archaic language only fit for conveying pastoral nostalgia,…
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May 14, 2009 2

a new outlook

The new study is at the front of the house, and I’m only just getting used to the view. The old one (which was so small and packed that I once referred to it as the origami bookbox) looked out over the back garden bounded on one side by the hedge – a sparrow high-rise…
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May 12, 2009 0

wilderness poetry

I had the feeling that I blogged about Chinese rivers-and-mountains poetry before, but maybe that was on Lúcháir. Last year at the Callander poetry festival Larry Butler and Colin Will introduced me to the concept of ‘wilderness poetry’ and Larry recommended Mountain Home, an anthology of this sort of thing, edited and translated by David…
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April 23, 2009 9

Digging for Bait

Picture by Paul Rimmer, a rock pool at Ardnamurchan. This is one of the poems from The Eurydice Rising sequence, which was published in poetry Scotland last year. It has a lot of Shetland references because I was originally inspired by the Shetland ballad King Orfeo, (it’s quoted in the first stanza), in which Orpheus…
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April 2, 2009 5

Northwords Now

Northwords Now have a web-site, and my poems – also Sally Evans and the translations of Lorca by Christie Williamson – are up on it, though you’d better download the pdf, or you’ll go cross-eyed reading the font. Northwords Now is based in the Highlands and distributed free through libraries and bookshops. You can find…
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March 30, 2009 0

Nigh-No-Place

I’m just re-reading Jen Hadfield’s Nigh-No-Place because I’m going to see her read on Thursday at SCoP, Stirling University on Thursday. I’m finding them very interesting, they start arguments in my head, conversations about geography and poems about wind and rock-pools. For all the collection is called Nigh-No-Place, the poems seem very much rooted in…
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March 30, 2009 3

Stirling’s makar

Stirling installed its first Makar on Friday – Magi Gibson. She is a really good poet, and a great teacher and I think she will do a lot to encourage people to read and write poetry. The ceremony took place in the stunningly beautiful Holy Rude Church in Stirling. Almost all the poets I could…
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March 10, 2009 2