November Mirrorball

Looking forward to reading at the next St. Mungo’s Mirrorball event on November 14th with Ireland’s newly appointed Professor of Poetry Frank Ormsby and local poet Stephen Watt who has just published a new crime book in verse; should be a great evening. I’ll be reading from my most recent publication Sykkel Saga, a pamphlet-long poem…

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…