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I was born and raised in Aberdeen, and did a PhD in Cambridge on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid. In the 1970s I received an Arts Council bursary for my own poetry and was an early member of the Heretics poetry reading circuit in Edinburgh.
When I moved to the University of Stirling I taught Scottish literature, modernism, critical theory and creative writing. I still have links to the university and a lot of experience in teaching, writing and enthusing people about modern literature and poetry.
In my own work, the poems in True History on the Walls reflect on personal and family history in a world touched by wider conflicts, always alert to the marks of time and damage left on ourselves and the things around us. The love poems and elegies of my second collection, Into the Blue Wavelengths, are haunted by the notion of the sound waves, light waves, and radio waves within which we live our lives.
(Works in Scots)