Poet, broadcaster and historian. Live in New York and London for many years before returning to Scotland.
"Grave and compassionate…marvellously funny." The Scotsman
"An original blend of narrative verse and studio technique." Sunday Times
"Sheer oddity and charm." The Spectator
He has won many awards, including the Sony Award for Best Radio Documentary. His translations of the French poems of Mary, Queen of Scots became a best-seller. He has created heritage and art installations in galleries and public spaces.
His work has been set to music by several composers.
The Poetry Society made him an honorary life member for his work with young poets.
He likes smaller unfashionable audiences and regional groups with their own enthusiasms.