My latest poetry collections, The Last Woman Born on the Island (Vagabond Voices) and The Red House (Drunk Muse Press) are now out. It's been a long wait but I am chuffed to bits with the beautiful books both these presses have created. See the Publications page for more details.
Previous publications are a pamphlet, Rib, (Wayleave Press, 2021), and two full collections: The Art of Egg, (Two Ravens Press, 2015; reprinted Pindrop Press, 2019) and To Know Bedrock (Pindrop Press, 2011).
* I'll be reading from The Red House, discussing the book and running a short poetry workshop at the Alliance Francaise in Glasgow on Monday 23 October 2023 from 6pm to 8pm. The next day, Tuesday 24 October 2023 from 4pm to 5pm, I will be presenting the collection at the Institut Francais in Edinburgh . Do come along and say hello if you're in town.
* The first reviews of The Red House are trickling in. Hilary Menos of The Friday Poem, says, "love of language underpins this new collection"; Clare Best, writing in The Frogmore Papers, describes it as, "rich in thought, language, memory, story and humanity", while Mandy Haggith calls it "deliciously vivid poetry" in the pages of in Northwords Now. Jennifer McGowan in Orbis says simply "Read this book".
* The Last Woman Born on the Island was longlisted as one of 12 titles for the Highland Book Prize 2022. It was also named by publisher Vagabond Voices as their best-selling book of 2022, across all categories. Charlotte Gann, writing in The Frogmore Papers, describes the poems as "generous, full of atmosphere snd sense of place".
* I'm delighted that my poem Aground received an honorable mention in the Fish Poetry Prize 2023, judged by Billy Collins.
* Another, December Lore, won 2nd prize in the Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize 2023.
* The Scottish Poetry Library has selected one of my poems, Cusp, for publication in their anthology Best Scottish Poems 2022.
* I'll be teaching an online poetry course, 'Poetry Boom! by Zoom' from 25 - Wed 29 November 2023. There's still time to sign up!