I am a poet, artist, and writer based in Glasgow, with a particular interest in making and writing about concrete and visual poetries. I wrote the first book on concrete poetry in Britain and have several published collections of poetry. My poetry often touches on themes of environmental crisis and the politics of climate change, as well as ways of communicating with and being in the natural world. I am also a freelance arts journalist, with bylines in The Guardian, Art Monthly, Scottish Art News, and other titles.
I trained as an academic and have lectured and delivered seminars to undergraduate and postgraduate classes of all sizes, including as a creative writing tutor. I now work in policy and communications in the third sector as well as being a journalist, and have run workshops with young people and adults with mental health problems.
I can deliver creative writing talks and workshops including hands-on sessions where participants make their own concrete, visual, and object poems. I can also deliver talks on the practicalities of freelance journalism and life after academia. I am comfortable working with all age groups from teenage upwards, and particularly comfortable with lived experience of mental health problems.