Born 1953 in Glasgow but now living on the Isle of Mull, my work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies. I am a retired Community Education worker. Part of my work involved organising and running writers workshops. I write mainly poetry, but also some short stories and have finished the first draft of a novel. In 2004, I co-edited with Stewart Conn, Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children, (City of Edinburgh Council, 2004). I am a former convenor of Edinburgh's Shore Poets: www.shorepoets.org.uk
About writer's work
My poetry often includes observations of the seasons, wildlife and landscape, both Scotland's and beyond. Other frequent themes are relationships, family, history and politics. I write in English and contemporary Scots. I received my publisher's award in 2010 for my poetry collection, Waiting for Zebras (Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) 2008).
Current events and projects
My former work in Community Education included organising and running writers groups and workshops, mainly for adults. I am an experienced and confident reader of my own work to small or large audiences. I am happy to consider taking part in any type of writing/reading related activity.
'The Big Hooley' has been much anthologised, including in 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press, 2006) and in Skein of Geese: Poems from The 100 Poets Gathering (StAnza 2008).
'Bucket of Frogs' was the title poem of New Writing Scotland 26 (ASLS 2008) and was read on BBC Radio Scotland's Book Cafe in September that year.
In 2015 my short story, Mountain Avens, won the Scottish Mountain Writing competition.