June 2018 – ARTEMISpoetry review of Not in Nightingale Country

From Kaye Lee‘s review of my collection:

‘There may not be any nightingales in Judith Taylor’s Scotland, but there are plenty of other creatures, real and imagined, plus folk-tales and sea- and landscapes for her to cast her sometimes humorous, often dark, words at… It is an enjoyable journey… we feel we are right there with her, whether she is outside with nature or inside with art, opera, or reading fairy tales. “think of this poem”, she says, “as a kind of thought-experiment. / … / a small demon / … / shutting away the particles it wants to keep / from the general disorder” (Thought-experiment). And isn’t that the purpose of all poems?’

(Kaye Lee: Short Reviews in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 20, May 2018, p 48)

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