I have given readings widely at events hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library, St Mungo’s Mirrorball, The Write Angle (Falkirk) The Federation of Writers (Scotland), Writers in the Bath (Sheffield) and many others. I have appeared at StAnza, and also participated in events at Wenlock and Ledbury Poetry Festivals.
If you would like to book me to read, you can reach me via the contact form.
I am registered on the Scottish Book Trusts’ Live Literature Database which means that if you are organising an event which qualifies for funding, you may be able to get help with the expenses involved in booking me. You can see my profile on the Scottish Book Trusts website.
I have edited PhD theses and masters dissertations on subjects as diverse as parish structures in Nigeria, the publishing industry in Malaysia, games development for the iPhone and neuromorphic engineering, but I much prefer editing poetry. I am fully occupied with editing for Red Squirrel Press for the foreseeable future, but future squirrel poets might like to see this interview I gave to the Scottish Writing Centre about my editing practice, so they can see what to expect:
- Federation of Writers (Scotland) Landfall: An Anthology of New Writing 2017 (New Voices Press).
- Matt McDonald Petrichor (Red Squirrel Press).
- Brian Whittingham Walking Between Worlds (Red Squirrel Press).
- X: An Anthology to Celebrate Ten Years of the Scottish Writers Centre (Red Squirrel Press)
- Jon Plunkett A Melody of Sorts (Red Squirrel Press).
- John Bolland Fallen Stock (Red Squirrel Press)
- Mandy Haggith Why the Sky Is Far Away (Red Squirrel Press)
- Peter Jervis Land the Colour of Heat (Red Squirrel Press)
- Derek Parkes Cherry Blossom (Red Squirrel Press) pamphlet
- Finola Scott Much Left Unsaid (Red Squirrel Press) pamphlet
- Heft David Costello (Red Squirrel Press)
- In the Course of Conversation Irene Evans (Red Squirrel Press)
- The Honesty Mirror Ellen McAteer (Red Squirrel Press) pamphlet
- The Waking Hour Maureen Weldon (Red Squirrel Press) pamphlet
- The Stuff of the Earth William Bonar (Red Squirrel Press)
Many publications due out in 2020 had to be postponed because of the pandemic, but The Honesty Mirror and The Stuff of the Earth were published in June 2021. In the Course of Conversation and The Waking Hour will be out later in 2021 – dates to be confirmed.
I am delighted to report that David Costello’s Heft was placed third in the International Poetry Book Awards.
- A Landscape to Figure In Helen Boden (Red Squirrel Press)
- There Are Others Larry Butler(Red Squirrel Press)
- Pibroch John Bolland(Red Squirrel Press)
- The Truth Lies Laura Fyfe (Red Squirrel Press) pamphlet
I can offer writing workshops based on my work on herbs, landscapes and ways of knowing. They are sensual and intuitive, and designed to enable writers at all levels of experience to notice, celebrate and communicate their experience of their environment and community.