Watch This Space

As part of East Dunbartonshire’s astronomically themed summer reading challenge Watch This Space, I’m reading at Bishopbriggs library on Wednesday 19th June, 6.30-7.30p.m. The event is free, come along. Check out the other events too including Beyond the Moon Landing with Pippa Goldschmidt (astronomer and writer) on at Westerton library on Tuesday 18th June.

Pilgrims & Pilgrimage

  We found ourselves as pilgrims at Govan Old on the 19th of May, exactly 130 years since the current church was dedicated. A wonderful building, the site dates back to the 9th century, an early point of pilgrimage, Govan Old houses a sarcophagus associated with the 6th century Scottish Saint Constantine as well as other…

StAnza discoveries

StAnza International Poetry Festival is the shot in the arm I need at this time of year when it’s still not Spring. The themes of the festival this year were Borderlines, The Self and Going Dutch; I attended about 13 events over 3 days. I should have taken notes, but I didn’t so these are…

Highs & Roads

    StAnza International Poetry Festival kicks off this Wednesday 1st March in St Andrews and ends on Sunday 5th, packing in a variety of poetic events from readings, masterclasses, translations, collaborations, filmpoems and artworks. I’m reading on Sunday 5th at 11.30 in St. John’s Undercroft, South Street with Katharine Towers whose latest collection, ‘The Remedies’ was…

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…