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…

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…

Readings from Jupiter

Jupiter Artland is a private collection of outdoor artworks in West Lothian that is open to the public every summer. They recently held a writing competition and the shortlisted entries are available to listen to on Soundcloud. My poem The Coppice Room is inspired by the artwork of the same name by Andy Goldsworthy –…

Happy 2016

A new year and lots of new poetry to look forward to. Here’s some of my poetry highlights for 2016: new collections by J O Morgan (Cape), William Letford (Carcanet), Selima Hill (Bloodaxe) and Judy Brown (Seren). Also looking forward to Island Home: a landscape memoir (Penguin) by Australian author Tim Winton which examines the…