Graham Fulton has been writing and performing poetry since 1987 when he joined the Paisley Writers' Group run by Tom Leonard. He was a founder member of the influential Itinerant poets performance group and was on the editorial board of West Coast Magazine. His first major collection was Humouring the Iron Bar Man published by Polygon in 1990, followed by Knights of the Lower Floors in 1994. His work has appeared in many important literary publications in both the UK and USA, and has been broadcast on both BBC Radio and Scottish Television. He has received three Scottish Arts Council bursaries and is renowned for his intense, energetic and entertaining live readings.
About writer's work
My poems are all about people. I am particularly interested in observations of real life, often beginning with a very small detail or incident and working outwards. The big and the small become one, and what seems insignificant can take on great significance when isolated and magnified. The ordinary becomes extraordinary, personal feelings become Universal. I work in free verse, which I find gives my voice discipline and focus. My poetry has a very distinct, controlled rhythm, which is especially apparent during a reading.
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Current events and projects
I am available to do readings, with reasonable notice, and answer any questions on my work.
Besides the publications featured below Graham Fulton has also produced many other pamphlet collections, many of them often combining poetry, photography and illustration. These include Inner Circle (Controlled Explosion Press, 2008), Suspect Novelties: order, chaos, the whole etc. (CEP, 2009), Pocket Fugues (CEP, 2009), twenty three umbrellas (CEP, 2009), Unsaved Messages (CEP, 2010), twenty three buildings (CEP, 2010), The Ruin of Poltalloch (CEP, 2011), Return to the Ruin of Poltalloch (CEP, 2014), The Zombie Poem (CEP, 2011), Speed of Dark (CEP, 2012), The Universe is a Silly Place (CEP, 2013), The Dts (with Helen Nathaniel-Fulton) (CEP, 2014), twenty three telephones (CEP, 2016).
Poems have been published in magazines, newspapers, online journals and anthologies including Edinburgh Review, Chapman, Cencrastus, Poetry Scotland, Ambit, Orbis, Envoi, Other Poetry, Staple, Stride, Poetry Nottingham, Iron, The Echo Room, The Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The North, California Quarterly, Concho River Review, Scottish Poetry Library Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2006 online anthology, Scottish Poetry Library Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2014 online anthology, Scottish Literature in the 20th Century (Scottish Cultural Press), Scotlands (Carcanet), Scottish Poems (MacMillan), Scottish Cats (Birlinn), A Bird is Not a Stone (Freight Books), Look Up Glasgow (Freight Books), Poetry Super Highway, Poetry Wales, Gown, Gutter, Illya's Honey, Word Riot, The Wide Skirt, Northwords Now, Stand, Raintown Review, Chaparral, San Pedro River Review.