March 2018 – at StAnza with the Squirrels

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


26th October 2017 – Aberdeen launch at Poetry at Books and Beans

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…

looking terribly serious here

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.

look at all those books…


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)

7th October 2017 – the Edinburgh launch of Not in Nightingale Country


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
times past.’
—Brian Johnstone, poet, writer & performer
Hon President, StAnza Poetry Festival