I was born in Glasgow and now live on the Isle of Luing near Oban in Argyll. I graduated with MA Hons in philosophy and history from the University of Glasgow and was a principal teacher of history at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell for 17 years and an EIS Area Officer. In 2010 I was awarded the Fellowship of the Educational Institute of Scotland for signal service to education and in 2014 I received an artist's bursary from Creative Scotland to research and write Barnhill a novel about George Orwell's final years, published by Luath Press in June 2019. My poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky: A Journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Luing, with photographs by Oscar Marzaroli, is also published by Luath Press.
Since 2002 I have been Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics which promotes the creative expression of the Earth, and I edit its journal Stravaig. I have provided poetry workshops to primary pupils and performed my poems with musicians and singers. I have a full disclosure from Disclosure Scotland and can offer talks and workshops on George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four, geopoetics, Kenneth White and haiku walking.
(Photo credit: Birgit Whitmore)
(Works in Scots)