Category Archives: Poems

Peace, pubs and poetry!

I have several poems coming out in a new peace anthology by Scottish writers, published by Dove Tales. There is a fundraiser for the anthology here. Dove Tales’ Jean Rafferty hosted a great event at Celtic Connections. It involved a discussion … Continue reading


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Tell all the truth but…

A lovely launch of the bookshop, champagne and all, though we chose to drink it rather than smash it over the shelves… and a star reading from Glasgow Poet Laureate Jim Carruth, moving and emotional work from Hazel Frew and a great … Continue reading

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tell it slant

Poetry bookshop – 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow.A bookshop specialising in poetry in all forms and in all languages: printed, audio and visual, including pamphlets, rare, out-of-print, and second-hand. If you are a poet, spoken-word or visual artist or publisher with your own … Continue reading

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Alice goes Doune the Rabbit Hole again…

I’m very pleased to have been asked back to the Doune the Rabbit Hole festival again this year, this time for both poetry and songs. I’ll be singing some of my own songs on Sunday at the Fruitstand/Takeover stage with … Continue reading

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Found in Translation

I had an incredible time with Reel Festivals in the Poetry Club last night. This event was part of Reel Iraq, an ongoing festival throughout the UK marking 10 years since the invasion of Iraq. I have always loved to listen to the music and rhythm of … Continue reading

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Writing into Art

I really enjoyed our first pre-workshop at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery on Saturday for an upcoming conference at the University of Strathclyde on Ekphrasis, which I have been practising for a while without knowing it had a name! The gaps … Continue reading

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Ik ben een jonge Schotse dichter!

I have been very excited about the translation of one of my poems into Dutch for the magazine Awater, the largest literary magazine in the Netherlands, alongside three poets featured in the Scottish Poetry Library‘s Best Scottish Poems 2011,  Jen … Continue reading

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The Church Elder

He is a black crow stalking the raven congregation in their oiled raincoats. The women are pigeons in their plain scarves, but here is one who seems a robin redbreast, brighteyed and laughing in her flowered blouse. He passes her, … Continue reading

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Sauchiehall St

After a long time of bare concrete and branches the sun’s touch quickens my cold eye to the proud blue bloom of an artificial flower on a chemo-barren skull to the tree of a man bowed under one budding son … Continue reading

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Tip Tap Flat

I have three poems coming out in an anthology of new creative writing and graphic art inspired by the City of Glasgow, to be launched Thursday 28th June, 6.30pm in Waterstones Sauchiehall Street. More details at: The poems include … Continue reading

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