I am a poet and geek.
I perform, review, teach and enjoy poetry in all its varied forms. I always take photos. And in my other life I work in #fintech #cybersecurity #techcomm.
If you want a workshop or an article on say:
- studying the odd details and making them shine in your poetry
- fresh looks at walking around your regular haunts
- tips on commuting poetry
- our wonderful Scottish Borders and its absent industry
- the intricacies of poetic form
- taxidermy and why it underpins all art
- or engineering poetry machines.
My pamphlet Roads to Yair is published by Twinlaw. You can find my work in magazines and anthologies including New Scottish Writing, the Rialto, Gutter, The Eildon Tree, The London Magazine, Trespass, The Shop, Iota, Open Mouse, Clear Poetry, Northern Renewal, Pulsar, Zoomorphic, Dark Mountain, Message in a Bottle, The Oxford Times, Poetry Monthly, Staple, Fire, Lilith, Last Gasp, Snakeskin, Stravaig, Up the staircase, Ink Sweat & Tears, Biggar Poetry Garden, Monkey Kettle, The Sunday Times, Shadowtrain, The Delinquent, The Glasgow Review, PoetryEtc, The Journal, Orbis, Other Poetry, The Interpreter's House, Obsessed with Pipework, Butcher's Dog, Causeway/Cabhair, Valve, and Poetry Scotland. I am a Scottish Book Trust New Writer and was shortlisted for the inaugural Dr Gavin Wallace fellowship. Written for and led projects including Writing Fragments (Scottish Borders Council/Scottish Heritage), Scott's Treasures (Abbotsford trust/CABN), Lines on the Map (Cheshire County Council), Poems by Postcode, Scottish Poetry Map, Bimblebox, and Burns' Window project. I have performed pretty much at every kind of venue in 3 continents including StAnza, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Stowed Out and the Elder Stubbs Allotment Festival.
Please note I owe huge and multi-coloured thanks to Cherry Moriarty, John Glenday, the Scottish Book Trust, Mary Morrison, Colin Will, Sally Evans, Jules Horne, Michael Mackmin, Giles Goodland, Vivien Jones and so very many many more - here's looking at you!