This Far Back Everything Shimmers

My first collection of poetry, published by Vagabond Voices, is almost here. The lovely cover was designed by Mark Mechan. You can pre-order it from the Vagabond website for a small discount or await the launch event in a few weeks time, more details soon. Advertisements

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…

More Missing

The Missing Slate poetry editor wanted to know a bit more about the process I went through when translating Kishwar Naheed’s poems for the Glasgow to Lahore poetry project and the interview is on their website now. The Missing Slate magazine regularly publishes new poetry from all over the world and is worth looking up.

from the Urdu…

Finally I can share one of the poems I trans-created during the Glasgow to Lahore city-to-city project. Working Hands is my version of a poem by Kishwar Naheed and is published in The Missing Slate as poem of the week (the original poem in Urdu will be added to the site soon).  Hopefully soon there…