I was born in Liverpool of Irish heritage and have lived in Scotland for over thirty-five years. In my time I have been a teacher, gardener, assistant chaplain, research student, theatre administrator. Now writing, mostly poetry, and blogging. I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, the Federation of Scottish Writers and The Scottish Writers Centre.
About writer's work
I write about landscape, weather, language and heritage, archaeology, myths and folklore. My work has been widely published in magazines such as Northwords Now, Gutter, and Southlight and in the books published by The Dark Mountain Project. My first full collection of poems, Wherever We Live Now, was published in 2011 by Red Squirrel Press, who will also be publishing the second, The Territory of Rain in 2015.
I’m currently working on a project about herbs, looking at how we make use of them, what we believe about them and how we associate them with ideas and archetypes of a better life.
Websites featuring the authorScottish Centre for Geopoetics | Read Raw Ltd | Burned Thumb
Current events and projects
I love to give readings, and to encourage creativity and self-expression. I would welcome the opportunity to do workshops or residencies.
Reviews have appeared in Northwords Now and in the on-line edition of The Scottish Review of Books. I co-edited three editions of Stravaig, the on-line journal of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics. My blog www.Burnedthumb.co.uk features poetry news and reviews, and the progress of current writing projects