I am a published and prize-winning poet and translator, with experience of working with refugee poets, and am also a qualified further education teacher. I am a member of Scottish PEN, Amnesty, CND and Dove Tales. I have judged a number of poetry competitions, most recently the Autumn Voices competition for writers over 70.
I won the 2004 Petra Kenney award and the 2005 Blinking Eye competition, which led to the publication of my first full collection. My fifth collection, centred on the life of the visionary Margery Kempe, was published by Oversteps Books in 2017. My prize-winning pamphlet War Baby was published by Cinnamon in 2018. A second collaboration with the poets Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton in Gaelic, Scots and English is due out from Tapsalteerie Press in 2019.
I am available to do readings and workshops, particularly translation workshops, to judge poetry competitions and to give one-on-one advice on individual poems, particularly those by poets at the start of their careers. I am also available to give talks on Fr Meslier, Margery Kempe, Gala Dalí and other historical figures featured in my poems, and on various aspects of poetry. I am particularly interested in working with older people.