I write poetry in both English and Scots, and I am an experienced teacher of creative writing. Having embraced online as well as face-to-face teaching, I have delivered classes, led workshops, and facilitated discussions for adults of all ages and abilities, and I have also mentored individual poets. Previous workshops have included ‘Poetry: Find your voice’, ‘Have a go at Writing in Scots’, ‘Writing in Cafés: sensory experience and mindfulness for creativity’ and ‘Walking the Moment: a walking workshop’.
I love giving poetry readings, particularly if I can also throw in a traditional song or two and a tune on my Northumbrian smallpipes. I have performed in a range of venues, from literary festivals to folk clubs, and I’m renowned for my spirited Address to the Haggis at Burns Suppers. I enjoy working with other creatives for readings, talks, and workshops.
My work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including A Year of Scottish Poems and Best New British and Irish Poets 2019–2021, and I have won the Wigtown and Sangschaw Prizes. With both a PhD and MFA in Creative Writing, I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.