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 […]

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It’s as hot as a Gaucho’s armpit at the moment. Which is rare in Scotland, so when it happens I want to immerse myself in it. Hence my silence. I’ve been out playing in the elements with the old camera my brother gave me at the start of April. A Nikon D70s, it’s not the […]

Slug Time

After I’ve met a deadline I always have the feeling of floating on a raft that’s broken free of its tether. Free, light, and utterly out of control. Even writing this I don’t know what my next sentence will be; my head is empty. I try and make myself work, but am distracted by the […]

Creative Practice #2: Emerging Artist

It being virtually impossible to earn a living by making art, emerging artists rely on awards and bursaries from legacies, NGOs, and arts foundations. Ergo, I’m in the process of applying for an award from Jerwood Visual Arts (part of Jerwood Charitable Foundation) in conjunction with Eastside Projects and WORKPLACE, for a project I’ve been […]

Literature Ambassador #5: Bookish in Spring

Organised by The Association of  Wigtown Booksellers  Wigtown Spring Book Weekend is now a well established annual festival. You’ll find four days of events in bookshops and cafes around town, as well as in the new WFC venue space at Number 11 North Main Street. The whole programme can be found here and you can book […]

New Loves #1: Gerhard Richter

According to my Pinterest boards I’ve been aware of Gerhard Richter and his work for some years, but it was only seeing this picture a few days ago that led me to see how important he/it is to me. It reminds me of the slightly grubby net curtained windows of my childhood. There’s a holiday […]

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What are the literary and visual arts equivalents of timing in music? Some initial thoughts, and a call for discussion.

Sources of Inspiration #3: David Hockney

David Hockney was the first artist I paid any real attention to. During the summer I turned 21 I got on a bus to Paris with a couple of friends for a little explore. It took 26 hours, and being small I was the only one who managed to sleep, so when we arrived I […]

Sources of Inspiration #2: Tom Waits

I fell in love with Tom Waits when I heard him (for the first time) on the album Red Hot and Blue, singing the Cole Porter song ‘It’s Alright with Me.’ That was enough to make me rush out and buy an album. Unfortunately I chose Closing Time. It was a sore disappointment. Not because […]