Wow, what an autumn that turned out to be! I barely stopped, from September to Christmas 2022, and I feel bad not to have updated this site with news at the time. Our rock|salt exhibition took place over 4 weekends, from end Oct to mid-Nov, and it was a resounding success. Elspeth Knight and IContinue reading “Reflecting on rock|salt”
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Writing for rock|salt complete!
I posted earlier about the rock|salt project, my current art/poetry collaboration with Elspeth Knight, mixed media artist. Quite an incredible experience, working alongside a visual artist, who has interpreted my poems in a multitude of unexpected and beautiful ways. Each poem is linked with the heritage of the South of Fife – mining, fishing, agricultureContinue reading “Writing for rock|salt complete!”
‘Caesura’: new (tiny) poetry pamphlet available
I recently published my latest little poetry collection, ‘Caesura’ (trigger warning: miscarriage, loss and grief). This tiny A6 booklet is a reflection on a difficult time in my life, back in summer 2006.
rock|salt project launched!
I’m delighted to point you in the direction of a new collaborative project I’m working on with mixed media artist Elspeth Knight
Find me on Soundcloud!
I have recorded a number of my poems and they are available on my Soundcloud page, together with the pieces submitted to the Cateran 100 project last year.
An ambition achieved
For many, many years, I have been inspired by a poet from Orkney, George Mackay Brown. I first met George Mackay Brown’s words whilst studying Scottish Literature at Aberdeen University, and his stories and poems have woven their way throughout my life ever since. I have written several poems inspired by GMB, and I wasContinue reading “An ambition achieved”
Something a little different…
Earlier this year, I took something of a leap into the unknown, and decided to try my hand at creative non-fiction. More specifically, I had a story to tell from my own past – a story of complex miscarriage and the psychological aftermath of that trauma. I was honoured when Epoch Press selected my essayContinue reading “Something a little different…”
Update: recent publications
Hello folks, it’s been a fair while since I’ve put some updates on my News feed here. Apologies for that – the second covid lockdown at the start of this year was quite a challenge, and then sadly after an amazing summer break I contracted covid myself at the start of September 2021. Thankfully IContinue reading “Update: recent publications”
Black Bough Poetry: Deep Time project
My poem ‘Cyclic’ recently appeared in Black Bough Poetry’s astonishing second volume of their Deep Time publication. The poem itself began life on the Isle of Skye in 2016, and resided, buried, in a notebook for a few years, before resurfacing and being remoulded for the Deep Time submission call. All the poems in thisContinue reading “Black Bough Poetry: Deep Time project”
Old post recycled: The Silence inside Sandstone
“I look down and in the torch light I’m glittering, covered in tiny sand crystals brushed from the cave walls. Time feels different in here. .. Covered in sand grains hundreds of millions of years old; grains that ancient fish shoals would have swum around in, hidden in, died in.”