I am a poet and translator based in Edinburgh. I work in schools, colleges and community settings, and collaborate with visual artists on book, exhibition and public art projects. I have run many poetry sessions and writing workshops for children and adults in indoor and outdoor settings schools, libraries, prisons, hospices and care homes, as well as gardens, beaches and woodland.
I have worked with organisations including National Galleries of Scotland, Trees for Life, Scottish Care and Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians, as well as many library services and individual schools. I have written online education poetry resources on topics as varied as sonnets, the Scottish parliament and the First World War. I also run Edinburgh Poetry Tours, guided walks with readings of poems in the city's Old Town. I'm happy giving readings, workshops and talks for all kinds of groups and ages, especially if a walk is included.
Recent projects include Buson 2016, focussing on the Japanese haiku poet and painter, Rhymes Across Languages, translating a German-language poem with primary pupils who don't speak German, poems about the 1919 Iolaire disaster near Stornoway, Wild City, investigating nature in urban settings, and sessions for secondary schools on Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert.