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.
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
7pm in the Clubroom
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
A lovely end to the poetry year – two new poems, clarinet and Shrine, up today at The Open Mouse
Very pleased to have a poem, Collective Noun, in Issue 19 of ARTEMISpoetry. The magazine is available from Second Light Live
Delighted to have a new poem, The Dog, up at Ink Sweat and Tears today
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!
Thank you to all at Books and Beans for a lovely evening – I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Here are one or two photos…
And here I am with Bernard Briggs, who compered. I have no idea what the hand gesture was about. But you can see from the surroundings what a gorgeous place Books and Beans is.
If you didn’t make it to the event and you would like a copy of the book, it is available from the Red Squirrel Press website, price £8.99 (p&p free in the UK)
Very pleased to have a poem, Hand of glory, in Issue 20 of Three Drops from a Cauldron