You can keep up to date with the latest developments in my writing life here.

11 February 2020Upcoming events

I have lots of events on the horizon for spring 2020 - so if you'd like to come and hear me read or chat or get a signed book, please come along!

  • 7.30pm, Tuesday 11 February, reading at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow as part of the STEM poets event on climate change.
  • 12.30, Wednesday 26 February, creative writing workshop with the Kibble Scribblers, at the Glasgow Botanical Gardens
  • 6-8 March, in residence at Inverewe Garden
  • 10am, Sunday 15 March, reading in Glenan Woods as part of the Write By The Sea festival at Tighnabruaich.
  • 3pm, Saturday 21 March, launch of The Lyre Dancers, Achmelvich beach (with walk, reading and spring equinox fire).
  • 6pm, Thursday 26 March, launch of The Lyre Dancers, Waterstones Inverness
  • 11.30am Saturday 11 April, launch of The Lyre Dancers, The Crannog Centre, Loch Tay. Also an event there at 2pm - write your own Iron Age story.
  • 7.30 Wednesday 15 April, workshop with Elgin writers
  • 7pm, Saturday 25 April, reading at the launch of Tom Leonard's posthumous work, Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • 2pm, Saturday 2 May, launch of 'Trees Meet Sea' exhibition of paired poems by me with artworks, Sawyer Gallery, Inverewe Garden.
  • 15-17 May, in residence at Inverewe Garden
  • 1pm, Thursday 28 May, Trees Meet Sea webinar with Humanities and Arts Research Cluster, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • 7pm Friday 19 June, reading at Dundee Botanic Garden, followed by writing workshop at 10am Saturday 20 June.

29 January 2020Poetry exhibition

Not many poets get to have a solo exhibition in an art gallery, so I am super-excited that I will have an exhibition in the Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe Garden, opening on Saturday 2 May 2020. It's called 'Trees Meet Sea' and it will consist of 14 pieces of art - a mixture of sculpture, ceramics, paintings and fabric - made by some of my favourite artists. Each piece either responds to one of my poems, or I have written a poem in response to it. They are roughly half about trees and half about the sea, reflecting my ongoing wonder at the places where trees come down to the shore. I'm getting hugely excited by the idea of having all these beautiful works of art together.

More details will follow nearer the time, but if you can come along to the opening, you'll be very welcome. We'll no doubt have some fun in the garden. Put 2 May in your diary and see you there!



03 January 2020The Lyre Dancers

The third volume of the Stone Stories trilogy, completing the sequence of The Walrus Mutterer and The Amber Seeker is due for publication by Saraband Books on the spring equinox in March 2020. It's already available for pre-order.

More details of launch events etc will follow shortly.

The cover design is once again by Andrew Forteath and it makes a perfect complement to the other two covers.

This book moves forward in time again and returns to Rian as she makes her way back to Assynt, still seeking answers about her identity.

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