I’m a poet from Scotland, currently based in the West Midlands, where as well as my writing I work as an Arts Development Officer for two local authorities. I’ve received a number of awards and published two pamphlets – Fios (2015) and An Offering (2018) – both with Scottish publisher Tapsalteerie.
Having studied several languages at SOAS and completed a PhD on poetry and translation at the University of Glasgow, I’m very interested in the difficult connections between language/culture, locality and history. I like formal constraints and strange words, with a lot of my poems starting as responses to older Scottish texts and vocabulary.
As well as my research and arts development work, I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in several translation exchange projects – with Russia, the Maghreb and Friesland. I’ve published widely in magazines, anthologies and the like, in the UK and elsewhere. I’ve also performed at literary festivals including Aye Write!, the BBC’s Contains Strong Language in Hull, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and StAnza.