I will be reading at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Tuesday 8th May, along with fellow Red Squirrel Poets Colin Will, Elizabeth Rimmer, and Brian Johnstone. If you’re in town we’d love to see you there.
StAnza, as always, was wonderful, and this year I was there as a participant, which was the icing on the cake. On Friday morning I had a visit to Newport Primary School, reading some poems and answering some questions and seeing their brilliant Tam O’Shanter puppets. And then at lunchtime I was part of the Red Squirrel Showcase, with Colin Will and Elizabeth Rimmer. I didn’t advertise it here, because it sold out really quickly – no pressure! But it was a smashing occasion and I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did.
And this was amazing: Innes’s Bookshop is the Festival Bookshop and here’s their window display, with Not in Nightingale Country in amongst it (along with Colin’s and Elizabeth’s books). I used to walk past this window on my way to tutorials, back in my student days. To walk past it and see my own book was slightly mind-blowing
UPDATE: the poem was shortlisted for ‘Pick of the Month’ for November. It didn’t win (the winner was Frequency Violet by Kate Edwards, which you can read here) but it was a huge honour to be in such good company!
The Edinburgh launch of my new collection, Not in Nightingale Country, will be at the Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close (just off the Canongate) at 1pm on Saturday 7th October. Tickets are free, available on the door. Hope to see you there!
‘Drawing the reader into landscapes ancient and modern,
real and imagined, internal and external, this collection
takes an often dark, but often slyly humorous, view of the
world. The poems explore the secret places of memory and
imagination, creating new mythologies from their exact
observations of the every-day and their vivid evocations of
—Brian Johnstone, poet, writer & performer
Hon President, StAnza Poetry Festival