Re-print for “Good Morning”


My poetry collection, Good Morning, published by diehard, good morning 2015

has now been re-printed for the second time.

The 2015 version boasts a clever shift to blue, thanks, again to Clydeside Press

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Referendum poem in Northwords Now 28

issue28coverVery glad to see my wee post-referendum poem ungrasped in the latest Northwords Now.

It is a  great magazine, always lots of interesting and good quality writing.

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Gutter 11

Check out Gutter 11. Lots of great writing, including my poem hospital tea break

You should think about subscribing (or submitting) to this excellent journal based in Scotland.


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Enjoying my copy of the latest New Writing Scotland: Songs Of Other Places, which includes the first (draft) chapter of my ongoing novel Geraldine. What a pleasure to be in the company of some great writers.

In the last few days, I finished the first draft of Geraldine. The hard work of editing (again and again …) begins.

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New Writing Scotland 32

The first chapter of my novel (in progress) will be in the new edition of New Writing Scotland.

The novel, with the working title Geraldine (it will!! change), is marching along  as we speak.

More to follow…

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Scottish Book Trust mentoring scheme 2014

I have been offered a place on this Scottish Book Trust scheme. I will be working with Zoe Strachan over the next nine months or so.

Zoe will give me support over the period to work on a novel I am writing (more to follow on that). This is a great chance to link with an excellent writer who has been widely praised for her work over a number of years.

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Gutter 10

Gutter 10Very pleased to have my poem On Benbulben in the latest edition of Gutter.

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Two new outlets for my poetry collection, “Good Morning”

If you have not managed to link in with tell it slant, Ellen McAteer’s poetry bookshop, check out the fb page.

You can also now buy the book in Aye Aye Books, based in  the wonderful Centre for Contemporary Arts at the top of Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow and run by Martin Vincent.


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Poem of the month December 2013: a nod to New Men

The Da
Dinner was cooked by my (fair) hand
then dishes, cutlery, pots, other various bits’n’bobs, left
youthfully expressed as
‘if you end up leaving them, we’ll do them when we get back.”
Almost gratefully
my hands are immersed in suds
cook, washer-upper, New Man
the father of daughters, unleashed


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Poem of the Month for November

The Poem of the Month  for November is wedding, a poem written some years ago when the idea of gay marriage was less fashionable and any ceremonies were not legal and generally hidden.

The poem features in my 2010 collection Good Morning. You can buy the book on-line (PayPal accepted) or at several retailers – ideal Christmas present!!


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