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I’m a poet and essayist with a particular interest in the natural world, small press publishing, little magazines, editing, design and typography. My design work for small presses has won awards.
I lived in a caravan in Ayrshire for twenty years. In my twenties in that caravan I wrote nature articles for the British Reader’s Digest, the mass-market magazine which at the time had a monthly circulation of 1.5 million.
I have conducted workshops with all ages between 8 and 85, frequently in primary schools, often combining poetry with a mix of storytelling and the natural world; and throughout Scotland.
Since 1995 I have edited a highly respected transatlantic poetry magazine, The Dark Horse. I have been active on the poetry scene in Scotland for 35 years. I see poetry as a means of self-realisation, not in an egotistical way, but via increased self-awareness and critical insight. It is a major literary artform and an introduction to it can considerably improve the richness of a person’s experience. I have seen the difference it can make close-hand to young people’s development and consider a knowledge of it hugely helpful to anyone, young or old, handling language.
(Works in Scots)