I am a walker and poet. The poems in Uncommon Place (Shearsman, 2019) explore our relationship with the shifting nature of the places we walk through. Uncommon Place is rooted in Scotland's mountains and open spaces, its fenced enclosures and mined ground, and develops from earlier books what Tom Leonard called "the most intelligent debate between technology and nature in poetry that I know."
My previous collections include The Body in Space and Window for a Small Blue Child, an account of my experience of IVF described by Stewart Conn as a "an exhilarating and cathartic work of art".
I grew up in New Zealand and London but have lived for a long time in Scotland, a connection and rupture explored in an earlier sequence of poems, The Powerlines. I taught writing workshops at Glasgow University for many years and more recently have mentored a number of emerging poets through the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme. I have read my work at events from Aye Write! and StAnza to the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua. (Photo credit: Denise Noone)