Doon the water

The Dunoon Book Festival will take place on the newly refurbished Victorian pier from 28th to 30th October. I’ll be reading on Saturday 29th at 1.30 with these guys (£4). I’ll also be reading at St. Mungo’s Mirrorball alongside a quality line-up: Em Strang, Marion McCready and J O Morgan. The event will be in…

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Here’s a couple of free events I’ll be reading at in Edinburgh in August: Monday 15th August 1pm: At the Edinburgh Book Fringe I’ll be supporting William Letford who has just published his second collection with Carcanet entitled ‘Dirt’. The event is at Word Power Books, West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB. 21st August 9pm: Unbound at the Edinburgh…

Countdown to launch

POETRY BOOK LAUNCH Join me for the launch of This Far Back Everything Shimmers at Waterstones, Byres Road, Glasgow, Thursday 30th June 2016 at 7.30pm. With wine, and guest readings from Jim Carruth, Kathrine Sowerby and Mark Russell. Everyone welcome. The book is now in stock in Waterstones in Glasgow and Edinburgh or can be ordered at your…

Sonnet on Saturday

I’ve a sonnet in The Scotsman today, it’s a love poem to a dog, It contains details of animal mummification which, coincidentally, you can see examples of in an exhibition at The Kelvingrove art gallery at the moment, ‘Gifts for the Gods’. It’s from my new collection (out now!) This Far Back Everything Shimmers, details…

StAnza: an extreme sport

Poetry is hard work. No, not just the writing of it, the listening. And if StAnza poetry festival is an extreme sporting event – a marathon no less– I’m proud to say I completed a half marathon. It took concentration and stamina, a year of planning and training. I did my best to cram in…