I am a poet, writing in English and Scots, and am based in Aberdeen. I was born and brought up in Perthshire, and after studying English and Medieval History I became a librarian, a career I followed for a couple of decades before retraining for IT.
My preoccupations in poetry tend to be centred on history (especially early history) and landscape, particularly landscape as humans inhabit and try to shape it. I'm also interested in narrative, and the way it can be used, often indirectly, in poetry. I'm inspired by visual art and recently I've also been writing more about music and dance.
I write mainly in non-rhymed, loosely stanzaic forms but I've also experimented with fixed forms and have taught some of these, particularly the sonnet, as part of workshops. (Photo credit: Anny Thompson)