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Events

Landfall

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

How Did This Happen

There is absolutely no reason for this picture. I’m not even entirely sure where it is, though the smart money is on Argyll, from our holiday last autumn. But it was the most peaceful picture in my media files, and a bit of peace is hard to come by just now! Distracted as I have…
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August 3, 2017 0

Latest News June

All this recent wet has done great things in the garden, and my yellow flag irises which I grew from seed are finally in full bloom. June has been exceptionally busy this year and is getting busier by the minute. I’m involved in editing two books, and there’s another to come, as well as finishing…
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June 13, 2017 0

Expressing the Earth

Eight years ago I was at the Atlantic Islands Festival on Luing. It was my first geopoetics event, and it isn’t too much to say it was life changing. It was partly the inspiring setting – several of the poems in my first collection were written there – but also the mix of disciplines and…
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May 22, 2017 0

Burnedthumb Spreading its Wings

There are a few opportunities to catch me in action coming up. First of all, there was the interview on Pulse Radio, which you can now hear on Mixcloud at Then I have just received notice that InterlitQ, a wonderful on-line resource  based in Argentina, has published five of my poems, including the title poem…
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April 7, 2017 0

Burnedthumb on the Radio

I’ve had a very exciting week. Tuesday saw the launch of Jim Carruth’s Black Cart, published by Freight Books. Jim read several of the poems, dealing with farming and rural  life in Ayrshire. They are knowledgeable and unsentimental, and later in the year, when I hope to get back to thinking about Grounded Poetics, I’ll…
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April 1, 2017 0

StAnza, Day 2

On Friday I was at readings by three poets from House of Three – Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Nalini Paul and Iona Lee, and by Kayo Chingoni and Norman Bissell, and in the evening, the big centre stage event with extended readings from Jacques Darras and Kathleen Jamie. Stunning as they all were – and Iona…
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March 5, 2017 0