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I'm a Glasgow-based poet, performer and scholar, dedicated to fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the literary arts in Scotland. I've been performing at and hosting poetry nights since 2011, and have facilitated workshops in prisons, hospitals, high schools, universities and community organisations, to name a few. Equally at home on the stage or on the page, I'm the 2019 Scottish Poetry Slam Champion with various shows and commissions including TEDxGlasgow, Flint & Pitch and the Edinburgh International Science Festival, while I've been published by Tapsalteerie Press and SPAM Press and in various literary magazines.
As scholar and editor, I hold a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow on the work of 'avant-gardener' Ian Hamilton Finlay, sit on the editorial board of Gutter Magazine, and am currently at work editing an anthology of contemporary poetry in Scotland. My work is wide-ranging and deals with issues of contemporary life and Scottish identity, often with a strong dose of humour, as well as finding ways of connecting traditional poetry with more recent forms.
Lately I've been fascinated with exploring the links between poetry and video games, with my new pamphlet Rock, Star, North. due for publication in late 2019.
Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian
Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)
Topics of work
Adolescence; Adventure; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Event production; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Science; Science fiction; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Urban communities