I am a Scots Irish poet, storyteller, songwriter and community artist. I see my work as celebrating our connection to nature, place, community and heritage. I write and devise performance pieces for festivals, conferences and cultural events, including Is This It and Tae Absent Friends. I have produced a number of poetry collections and CDs of poems, songs and stories.
As well as creating my own work, I lead workshops for people of all ages and abilities, cultures and ethnicities in a wide range of settings, including schools, museums galleries, prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, theatres, festivals, fields, forests, beaches and conferences.
I work creatively with individuals, small groups and with whole villages, across the range of encouraging people's personal self-expression and devising large scale promenade theatre performances.
I was an artist educator for the Tate Galleries for many years and storyteller in residence for Coral Arts. Since returning to Scotland, I have been storytelling fellow for Aberdeen, writer in residence for The Cromarty Arts Trust, and reader in residence for Inverness.
Having trained in Counselling and Integrative Art Therapy I have led creative writing workshops for well-being with LAPIDUS, CLAN, Maggies Highlands and WEA.
(Works in Scots)