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Stanza 2014: “a noise like the sea, displacing the day’s pale knowledge” (John Burnside)

Shoes full of sand, pockets full of shells, head full of words – it’s been an amazing StAnza! Scotland’s Poetry Festival at St Andrews has beckoned me from afar for many years, but I have not made it up until … Continue reading

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A Bird is Not a Stone

A Bird is not a Stone is a project I have been very much enjoying being part of,  a collection of poems by contemporary Palestinian writers, selected by the House of Poetry in al-Bireh, Palestine, and translated into Scots, Gaelic and … Continue reading

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If you want to sing out, sing out

Over the last year I have discovered the great joy of singing in harmony with others. My good friend Kirstie Penman sent a message out to all women of song she knew – which was many, as through her Listen … 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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In a museum

After the “Honesty Mirror” made by Frances MacDonald in 1896 worn with looking the mirror is behind glass reflections absent frame without picture except the light enclosed by pewter plants and women’s hands fleshless figures hung with cloth of metal … 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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Mad family disruptions and hospital visits could not stop me and my son Charlie from attending the second Pedal on Parliament in Edinburgh. The same disruptions mean a long blog on this is not possible, but here instead is a … Continue reading

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We used to build ships on the Clyde, now we build poets

The Clydebuilt 5 crew: left-right – Ellen McAteer, Mentor Sandy Hutchison, Mark Russell, Maggie Rabatski and Vicki Husband, at St Mungo’s Mirrorball at the Art Club. The St Mungo’s Mirrorball Clydebuilt Poetry Apprenticeship Programme is an innovative mentoring scheme for … 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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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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