Composing Instruction

You see above the Tristan Tzara poem, ‘To Make a Dadaist Poem’ and I thought I’d have a go, so I followed his instructions to the letter (smirk) found an article in the Centenary edition of Vogue (London) – I haven’t bought a newspaper for some time – chopped it up – didn’t have a […]

Practice: Pond Skating

I’m one of those people who wants to know everything about everything. I actively like going to meetings most people consider boring because of this. I enjoy the rhythms of blather (long winded, substance-light talk of a faintly self important nature), and the odd diamond that emerges from these Woolfean dust-heaps. But I can’t spend […]

Literature Ambassador: Countdown to Wigtown

Two days to go till the Wigtown Book Festival begins; here’s some more from the festival team about what’s going on this year, and it looks fab. Tickets are selling fast, out in some cases, so if something takes your fancy book it now! Memories are made of this Truth really is sometimes stranger than […]

Literature Ambassador: Poetic News

I first saw Stuart A. Paterson at a Southlight  launch about 3 or 4 years ago. He had just returned to Scotland after a long stint working away in Manchester, so I didn’t know he existed until he took to the floor, and what a surprise that was. He read a number poems from a […]

Literature Ambassador: Wigtown Book Festival

Look what just landed in my inbox! This is the nineteenth year of the Wigtown Book Festival, and it gets better every year. If you love reading, and all things book, this is the festival for you. It’s not so huge it feels impossible to do it justice, it may even be called ’boutique’ by […]

The Art of Collaboration

A few weeks ago I published a post about a collaborative art workshop I’d been to, at the end of which I asked for anyone interested in beginning a collaborative project with me to get in touch. I had two responses. The first from someone I’ve yet to meet who lives some distance from me; […]

Call & Response: the Joy of Collaboration

I’ve long been interested in artistic collaborations, and indulge in daily call and response play by typing out 2 poems each of 5 poets, and then writing a poem of my own. This is an extension of an exercise I’ve been doing on and off for a few years, whereby, in a notebook, I write […]

Mixed Media

The holiday is over, we’ve returned from possibly the most poetic place in the world to, possibly, the least. OK, not the least, but this town with its sheep chewed hills and Tory ethos is a Disney movie in comparison, a faded shortbread tin full of broken toys, a plastic sequinned party dress made in […]

Reason Sits Helpless at its Desk

What with world (‘crazier and more of it than we think’*) goings on at the moment I’m incredibly relieved to be off Ullapool for a week (from Friday) with The Mr. I hope to  explore Assynt, the favourite place of one of my favourite poets, Norman MacCaig, and as luck would have it a new […]

Literature Ambassador: Wigtown Happenings

From my inbox: While the team at Wigtown Festival Company are busy working away on this year’s Book Festival, here are some other events happening in and around Wigtown in the coming weeks.   Four Ball Golf at Turnberry We are offering you the chance to win a round of golf at the world famous Ailsa […]