New Zealand-born and London-bred, I have been firmly rooted in Scotland for thirty years. My most recent collection, The Body in Space, brings together my far flung family and network of places in a series of varied and compelling poems.
About writer's work
My poetry includes several books exploring the effects of technology on lives and places. Window for a Small Blue Child, a sequence about fertility treatment shortlisted for the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year, was described as 'an important book that extends the territory of poetry' (Stride) and 'at once a daring and skilfully crafted diary, and an exhilarating and cathartic work of art". (SRB)
I am continuing to explore the effects of technologies and the echoes and meaning of place in a series of poems about lowland Scotland.
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Current events and projects
I am happy to give readings of my work, and to facilitate writers' workshops.
I run playful and enjoyable poetry workshops using collage and similar techniques. I have been leading workshops and writers' groups (both in poetry and prose) for more than 20 years for Glasgow University and other organisations and am one of the mentors for Glasgow's acclaimed Clydebuilt verse apprenticeships.
I have been awarded a number of arts council bursaries and fellowships and my work appears widely in anthologies of Scottish Poetry.