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Haggards Readings

Edinburgh Launch of Haggards.  Haggards will be launched  on February 10th, at the Scottish Poetry Library at 13:00. Tickets from Eventbrite here. StAnza 2018 (7th-11th March). I will be taking part in a Red Squirrel Press showcase on Friday 9th March, alongside Judith Taylor and Colin Will in the Council Chamber Townhall, from 13:00 -14:00.…
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February 1, 2018 0

Some Thanks and Endorsements for Haggards

A book doesn’t come into being without the help of a great many people, and this was more than usually the case this time. I’ve had help with my research into herbs from all kinds of people, including the musician Kate Young (see here for my post about her herb-based compositions Umbelliferae,)  the story-teller Patsy…
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January 31, 2018 0


And here it is. I can’t tell you how delighted I am with this cover. I’m particularly thrilled that I can identify almost all of the plants, and that many of them are growing in the actual haggard near me that inspired some of the poems. The typesetting and layout inside are a joy too.…
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January 24, 2018 0

Snow Day

When your day looks like this! I keep planning to start the gardening, clearing leaves where the primroses are coming through starting the first seeds and mulching ground for new plantings, but not yet, not yet — Though the sun is shining and a lot of the snow is melting now, it wasn’t happening this…
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January 17, 2018 2

2017 Best of Times, Worst of Times

This was taken on a very frosty walk at Cambus yesterday, where the river Devon flows into the Forth. The light was wonderful, and we’ll be going back there again, as soon as we thaw out! This pretty much sums up my year – wonderful if you look at it one way, awful in another…
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December 19, 2017 0

Taigh Chearsabhagh

This is where I was last week. It was amazing. There was a long cold drive to Uig through frost and snow and sometimes blinding sunshine – there was a magnificent rainbow on Skye – and then a quiet crossing to Lochmaddy. The Hamersay House where we were to stay was very pleasant and welcoming,…
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December 5, 2017 0


We have made Landfall! Last Saturday the Federation of Writers (Scotland) launched their latest anthology, Landfall. I was so proud to edit this – fifty-four authors of prose and poetry, some well-established, like the first Makar A.C. Clarke, some experiencing their first taste of publication. The design, layout and typesetting was carried out by my…
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November 10, 2017 0

Updates to the Website

I’ve made a few changes to the layout of this site, adding some new pages, and streamlining some of the old ones. There are now pages for editing, readings and workshops, as, thanks to the help and encouragement of friends on FaceBook, I am in the process of developing a workshop which will be given…
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September 22, 2017 0

Falkirk Story-telling Festival

Just to say I’ll be here on Friday 22nd September and here on the 24th. I will be reading very different poetry at each!

September 18, 2017 0

Signs of the Times

This is a project I’ve been keeping quiet about until the time was right – and here it is! A book of poems inspired by signs and notices. The Burgh Poets are a group of poets who meet in the Burgh Coffee House in Stirling once a month, George Colkitto, Sally Evans, Neil Leadbeater, Helen…
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August 31, 2017 0