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…

Wa-wa Lahore

The Lahore literary festival 2016 was fantastic, (wa-wa being a Punjabi term of appreciation). A mix of local and international writers discussing and reading their work included many new collaborations; it was whirlwind of creative conversation packed into two days. The original line-up was 3 day event but a last minute withdrawal of government security…

In my dreams they shout Wa-wa!

  Wa-wa! Its like wow and bravo mixing together and it is murmured, thrown and shouted during poetry and music performances in Pakistan and India. It gave a great atmosphere and instant feedback to our performances at the Alchemy festivals this past week. Thanks to Highlight Arts and the British Council, Jim Carruth, Gerry Cambridge,…