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Oddly Familiar

Where I’ll mostly be from now on. The buzzword for this week is ‘unprecedented times’. And yes, we’ve never had a lockdown before. And we haven’t had a totally new virus, as far as we know, since medicine became a science. And it’s all a bit weird. There are people out in the streets –…
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March 24, 2020 0

Virtual Launch: There Will Be Dancing by Kemal Houghton

In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of Poetry have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of publications by Red Squirrel Press. Electric Minstrel Plugged-in and tunes selected, the electric minstrel fills the air with a beat they will know…
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March 20, 2020 3

Virtual Launch: Heft by David J Costello

In the unusual circumstances posed by the corona virus, formal launches of Poetry have been cancelled – at least for now. So I would like to welcome you to the virtual launch of publications by Red Squirrel Press. The first is Heft by David J Costello. Heft Altitude affects them. Fixes contours in their flesh.…
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March 20, 2020 1

A Sense of Newness

I haven’t written a territory post for months, and frankly, I don’t think this is it either, but a few pretty pictures might lighten the mood a little. There is increased birdsong every day, and wrens, dunnocks, robins and bluetits are everywhere. My husband leaned out of the car window yesterday as we passed two…
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March 18, 2020 0

Writing in the Eye of a Storm

The birds have come back to the garden, second brood starlings and sparrows lined up along hedges, combing the lawn’s thatch for spilt grass seeds, emerging ants. Blue tits cling to whippy branches, dunnocks pry into cracks in the bark, goldfinches pick apart seed heads of nettle and marigold. A willow warbler slips furtive between…
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March 13, 2020 2

StAnza 2020

Thank you StAnza, that’s a wrap. I am going to write the poetry version of this blog for InterlitQ later this month, full of thoughts about the complex multi-layered nature of identity and how poetry can open up the two-dimensional focus we can get from news, social media and television, assumptions about women’s poetry, diversity…
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March 9, 2020 0

It’s Been a While

Somehow it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. I’ve been dealing with some family health issues, and going through the process of coming off a migraine prevention treatment that really wasn’t suiting me, plus all the rest of the things we have to worry about – climate change, the awful racist fallout of…
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February 25, 2020 0

Your Own Place

Having a place means that you know what a place means… what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense… Integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness. Gary Snyder I picked this quotation up on Twitter this week and I’ve been trying to track down exactly where…
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February 7, 2020 0

The Very Peculiar (and Wonderful) Burns Supper

I was reading on Saturday night at this event. We had readings from Debbie Baker, Laura Fyfe, Anita Govan, Emma Mooney, Ailie Wallace and myself, (I’ve seen all of them before, and thought I knew what to expect, but all of them exceeded expectations, And I will happily sign Anita Govan’s ‘manifesto’, This is Poetry,…
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January 27, 2020 0

Declaration

I was at the opening event of Celtic Connections Yesterday, to hear a commissioned piece inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath and played by the Grit Orchestra which seems to include almost every musician in every genre in Scotland. Words by Liz Lochhead were included: ‘A declaration is a clear and open statement about who…
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January 17, 2020 0