Friday, 26 September 2014

Reading at Aye Write! next week

with Don Paterson, Sam Willetts and McGuire.

Mitchell Library, Wed 1st October

6-7, free.

book on 0141 287 2951 or

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


With bees

it's all about heat.

Hard to find ourselves

in a damp autumn dawn

now that the circus

has moved on

the worst- 

off cramponned

to a vertiginous

leaf, wings 
to a silver panel

to sop up
what thin warmth

they can 



on empty.

We can barely buzz

but do

what we can
without your teaspoon

of sugar-water –

slowly rocking

our grounded weight

(so mite-laden

we look like strawberries)

from limb to limb,

grieving, really,

the slippage

of the sun. 

Which is in

itself to recollect 

our business which is

to be us to agitate

each stiff joint,

gather a quorum and 

shiver together hum

fiercer and groom 

our leavening pelts

as the late rays stoke us,

no surplus

perhaps but enough

to get up and among

the dog-roses


Friday, 9 May 2014

Reading with artist Anne Bevan in Aberdeen tomorrow

Tomorrow I'll be nipping down to Aberdeen for Mayfest and reading with Alan Spence, celebrating Orkney artist Anne Bevan's lovely exhibition. Things Unseen is all about microscopic marine life.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, 3-4pm, 10th May 2014
Free! (but booking required)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Reading at 'Streams of Story', The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

I'll be reading from Byssus at The Fruitmarket Gallery next Thursday, to celebrate Tania Kovat's new exhibition Oceans

'The exhibition begins with All the Sea (2012–14), a work made from the sea water collected from around the world by individuals who responded to a public invitation to help assemble the world’s sea water in one place. Decanted into 365 glass bottles, All the Sea takes the form of a library of bodies of water, from the Adriatic to the Yellow Sea. It also represents an archive of moments in time, recordings of 250 human experiences with – and most probably in – the sea, capturing in bottles a substance that otherwise slips through our fingers.'

Details here, booking recommended.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Friday, 4 April 2014

What happens in our brains when we look for and find wild food – can you help?

I'd like to understand more about what happens in our brains when we go foraging for wild food. Why are hunting for and finding mushrooms, shellfish, berries exciting/compelling/satisfying? I'm assuming dopamine/oxytocin/reward centres may be involved…can anyone explain how it works? Can you recommend any reliable but not excessively technical reading? Please comment below if you can help!