16th June 2018 – Launch of the Expressing Recovery in the North East workshop programme with a taster session at this year’s Three Forums One Voice event at Curl Aberdeen. ‘Over-subscribed’ workshop but great group and excellent work combining watercolour with haiku. Looking forward to the full programme.
28th April 2018 – I think I’ve built myself a studio…for those of you resisting the urge to say ‘I didn’t think he had it in him’….me neither!
26th April 2018 – Reading with Judith Taylor, Bernard Briggs, Martin Walsh, Richie Brown, Catriona Yuile and E. E. Chandler at the Pushing Out the Boat Showcase at Books & Beans, Aberdeen.
13th April 2018 – Just back from a week in Skye at Hamish Napier’s Flute and Whistle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig. What a wonderful institution. Great vibe and Hamish’s tuition measured, wise and inspiring. So much to practice on.
28th March 2018 – Chuffed that my poem, The Stobbie Hedge, was selected in the face of stiff opposition (I am told) as the poem to launch the new North East Scotland Language Board. Beautiful reading by the multi-talented Iona Fyffe at the Aberdeen University conference centre.
26th March 2018 – Back in paradise. Painting in the morning followed by a guided tour of the Clachtol Broch and the launch of Mandy Haggith’s new novel, The Walrus Mutterer.
24th March 2018 – Dee Don Ceilidh Collective 2018 kicked off with a great series of workshops in Ballater followed by a joyous extended session (musical) in the Deeside Inn. Thanks to Megan Albon and all the team.
11th March 2018 – Well…that was StAnza! Marvellous as always thanks to Eleanor Livingstone, Annie Rutherford and the rest of the team. Great readings by Pippa Little, the Red Squirrel Poets…fascinating discussions and the usual joyous open mics and slam. And the premiere of So Much for the Stag and the other Theoartistry poems.
6th March 2018 – Catching up with my fellow Theoartistry Poets – Christie Williamson, Christine de Lucca, Marjorie Lofti-Gill, Ian Crockett and M.A. Apichella. Great company. And a pleasure to attend the premiere of choral work composed by the Theoartistry Composers and available on te Annunciations CD.
5th March 2018 – In St. Andrews for the two-day Theoartistry Festival preceding StAnza. A pleasure to finally meet Kimberley Anderson and the rest of the ITIA team. Fascinating debates arising from the Theoartistry Composers project and keynote speeches by James McMillan and Michael Symmons Roberts.
24th February 2018 – Enjoyed reading an excerpt from my Doric-Noir novel A Lad O Pairts at the Lemon Tree Studio Theatre, Aberdeen to a packed audience as part of this years Granite Noir festival. Really encouraging feedback…Thanks to Lee Randall and the organisers for creating space for new voices.
5th February 2018 – Kicking of an exciting new collaboration with Kimberley Jane Anderson, a theologian at University of St. Andrews as part of the Theoartistry Poets project sponsored by Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts and Stanza. We’ll be working together on a new poetic response to The Song of Songs 3.6-11.
15th December 2017 – A real joy to hear the full recording of the Recovery Song, mixed and mastered by Sandy Mack and blended with visuals for the workshops. A real privilege to be part of this community.
13th November 2017 – Great recording session at the Huntly Hub of ‘Recovery’, the song devised and developed by the Huntly Recovery Group in September. Great to hear voices and music brought together in a professional and inspiring way.
8th November 2017 – Great night performing with so many talented poets including Kevin McLean and Katie Ailes at Speakin Weird, Spin, Aberdeen
29th October 2017 – Reading vignettes and poetry from Pushing Out the Boat 14 with other PotB contributors at the Belmont Cinema Café, Belmont Street, Aberdeen
24th October 2017 – Reading as part of next years Granite Noir festival in Aberdeen from my work in progress Lad o Pairts.
23rd October 2017 – Pleased to be reading my poem – Funerals – and a few others in good company at the launch of From Glasgow to Saturn 39 in Dram, Woodlands Road, Glasgow
22nd September – Privileged to facilitate a song-writing workshop, in collaboration with Sandy Mack, at the Huntly Hub. Zero to a four verse song in5 hours with twenty enthusiastic participants (and lunch!) (Songs are not just like poems…I know I said they were but they’re not!)
6th September – Reading at the excellent Speakin Weird event at Spin, Aberdeen in the company of so many talented spoken word artists.
1st September 2017 – Privileged to facilitate a Doric Bodies creative writing workshop for the Grampian Pain Support Group at the Frederick Street Health Village. An enjoyable session with a bunch of inspiring people.
24th August 2017 Reading a selection of recent poems as part of the Aberdeen Booked Festival at Aberdeen Arts Centre
27th Feb. 2017 – Pleased to have been once again selected for inclusion in Pushing Out the Boat Issue 14. Short fiction in Three North East Vignettes and poetry in The Type and Retention Bonus coming out in Spring 2017
26th Feb. 2017 – Facilitating a Dark Doric creative writing workshop in collaboration with Shane Strachan as part of Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s first Crime Writing Festival
18th Feb. 2017 – Reading at the Inspiration Point Literary Salon at the Lemon Tree Aberdeen along with fellow Aberdeen Writers Studio authors, Inspiration Point Writers in Residence and Morna Young, the 2017 Dr. Gavin Wallace Writing Fellow.
16th – 25th Jan. 2017 : Inspiration Point Residency with Fifth Ring Ltd. Two weeks of work in collaboration with the team at the Aberdeen offices of an international PR agency developing new work inspired by the business climate in Aberdeen and International Oil and the processes and practices of contemporary marketing and PR.
21st Nov. 2016 : Aiblins : New Scottish Political Poetry, Aberdeen Launch, the Underdog, Castlegate, Aberdeen – watch this space for further details.
6th Oct. 2016 : reading at the Federation for Writers Scotland National Poetry Day event at GOMA, Queens St., Glasgow.
FWS National Poetry Day Event