My new pamphlet An Offering is now available from the brilliant Scottish publisher Tapsalteerie. You can buy it from their website here . These are poems which have emerged over the last couple of years and which, I hope, build on and extend the work collected in my first pamphlet, Fios. I’m still preoccupied by many of the questions around … More An Offering
2016 was a tumultuous year for world events, though a productive one for my writing. The last twelve months have seen me finish my PhD in modern Scottish poetry at the University of Glasgow. In September I travelled to Russia with the British Council, participating in translation workshops and performing at events in Moscow and … More 2017
The winner of the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award will be announced next Thursday the 18th of August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 7-8pm). The other shortlisted poets are Claire Askew, Penny Boxall, Sophie Collins, Harry Giles and Miriam Nash. Whoever wins, it’s a great honour to be shortlisted alongside … More Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2016
This Sunday (the 25th of October) sees the premiere of Turning the Elements, a musical project featuring settings of poems by myself and Jane McKie by composers Rebecca Rowe and Stuart Murray Mitchell, performed by clarinetist Joanna Nicholson and vocalist Frances Cooper. This first performance will be taking place from 3-4pm, Migvie Church, Aberdeenshire as part of … More Words for Music Perhaps
Having been available for pre-orders for several weeks, my award-winning pamphlet Fios is now officially on sale. Published in Aberdeenshire by the wonderful Tapsalteerie, Fios is a gathering of the best of my work from the past few years, during which time a fair proportion of the poems have appeared, sometimes in slightly different form, in various literary … More Fios
Two new poems saw the light of day in the past week or so. You can find the first, ‘Absentees’, in The Rooftop Busker: New Writing Scotland 33, edited by Gerry Cambridge and Diana Hendry (you can order a copy online here: http://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/NWS33.html). You can find the second poem, ‘Reality in Scotland’, in the new issue … More New Poems
I was down in London last week to receive an Eric Gregory Award for the manuscript of Fios, soon to be published as a pamphlet collection by Tapsalteerie Press (http://www.tapsalteerie.co.uk/). The Gregory Awards were given out by Sarah Waters at the Authors’ Awards, held in the Army and Navy Club on Pall Mall – I think my first … More 2015 Eric Gregory Awards
This blog is somewhere for me to post details of newly published work and upcoming readings, as well as occasional reflections on poetry in general and particular. This fairly modest remit may expand as time goes on.