I love the Poetry Archive. I love their attention to detail in compiling a playlist of poems, in the recording process and in writing the poet's biographies that accompany each entry. It is one of the places I am most proud my work appears, and the resource I turn to most often when I'm asked to share something of my poetry and that of the poets I admire. (I think my most-played clip is Edwin Morgan's The Loch Ness Monster's Song, which I play to primary schoolchildren as often as I get the opportunity: it makes them laugh their heads off). So I'm dead chuffed to be represented on Julia Copus' tour of the Archive, which you can join her on here. Thanks Julia!
For the past eight years, Shetland has persistently influenced my poetry and visual art.Since my second book Nigh-No-Place, won the T.S.Eliot Award in 2008, I’ve worked primarily as a poet, creative writing tutor, and classroom assistant, but walking, and gathering wild food and materials for my visual art-works, are as important in my creative life as my language-based practice. My third poetry collection, Byssus, is out now.