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
Very pleased to have a new poem, The Cymbals in the Leningrad Symphony, in the new issue (17/4) of Gyroscope Review
Very pleased to have a poem, Photograph, in the July edition of The Lake
My poem The Dog Warden’s Apprentice, which first appeared in my Koo Press pamphlet Earthlight back in 2006, is reprinted in the August edition of Keep Poems Alive, along with poems by Tony Lewis-Jones, Gary Beck, Vivien Jones, Yuan Hongri, and some bloke called Wordsworth [Who he? Ed]
Tomorrow sees the launch of the 2017 Fish Anthology, which I’m sad I can’t get to Ireland for – it includes my poem “Heron”, which was a runner-up in the Poetry Competition and had nice things said about it by Jo Shapcott, which I was very chuffed by. Anyway, congratulations to all the competition winners and honorable mentionees, and best wishes for the launch
A great night last night at Speakin Weird, the new regular spoken-word Open Mic at Underdog. Here I am, looking very noir and elegant courtesy of Julian Maunder at Spud ‘n’ Duck photography
Keep an eye on Facebook for Speakin’ Weird events
Very pleased to have two poems, Follower and Garden Planning, in Issue 40 of Brittle Star. If you’re not a subscriber, you can buy the magazine from the link above – well worth checking out.
There has been a regular poetry night at Books and Beans since 2003 when it became the venue for evenings run by the Dead Good Poets group. More recently, the night has been run by poet Olivia McMahon and from summer 2017 Bernard Briggs, Richie Brown and I will be organising it.
It’s the last Thursday of every month (except the summer break), from 6.30 – 8.00 pm. We have guest poets from near and sometimes far, plus our regular Open Mic. Entry is free, but contributions are welcome as they help us pay our poets’ expenses. Thanks, as always, to Craig Wilcox and his staff for giving us such a great venue.
Find us on Facebook, or just come along for the poetry and a nice spicy chai latte!
To my delight, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal have published four of my poems – Hindsight, Under way, The gift, and Here I go – in their June edition (17-2).