Author details

Graham Fulton


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.

Websites featuring the author

Author's WebsiteScottish Poetry Library

Current events and projects

I am available to do readings, with reasonable notice, and answer any questions on my work.

Other 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.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

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Author(s): Graham Fulton
Circulation is less a stream of consciousness than an explosion throwing experiences, observations and mini-universes into the air to see what happens as they soar and spin.
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Something Good Will Always Happen

Author(s): Graham Fulton
2016 and 2017. Years in which the world seemed to settle ever deeper into a spiral of collective craziness and waste.

Equal Night

Author(s): Graham Fulton
Death is the great taboo. We don’t like to talk about it or think about it. We try to hide from the brutal fact that someday we’re going to come to an end.
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Paragraphs at the End of the World

Author(s): Graham Fulton
A gathering of Paragraphs, detached retinas of life rising to the surface from out of the black blur of memory.
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Brian Wilson in Swansea Bus Station

Author(s): Graham Fulton
Packed with Fulton’s trademark energy, humanity, intense driving rhythms and hard humour, Brian Wilson in Swansea Bus Station carries us on a wild mystery tour, encountering many people and places,
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Pub Dogs of Manchester (with Georgie Glass)

Author(s): Graham Fulton
More photos of dogs accompanied by Graham Fulton poems.
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Pub Dogs of London (with Fiona Freund)

Author(s): Graham Fulton
More photos of dogs accompanied by Graham Fulton poems.
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Edible Transmitters

Author(s): Graham Fulton
A selection of past and future poems translated into Romanian. Spanish and French translations are also available. Published by: Bibliotheca Universalis (Romania)


Author(s): Graham Fulton
It’s a world of madness, but we have to keep going. We have to keep on taking whatever this life throws at us, and somehow arrive at the end happily intact.
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Photographing Ghosts

Author(s): Graham Fulton
A frantic airport carousel ride of scattered slices of this mad planet to try to find some of the common denominators of humanity.