Writing




I've been writing since I was a teenager but four kids, putting some effort into trying to change things, not to mention the academic day job, means that only as a mouldie oldie have I made the effort to get published or be heard. I'm an inveterate techie in my working life, which explains the poems about Turing, logarithms and differential calculus; and I still want things to change even if I lack the energy I once had. Hence stories about people who are not much heard and a certain number of rants. Other than that, I write about the things we all write about: love, death, airports, chemical plant, swimming.

Short Stories

Nothing to Tell. (New Writing Scotland ,Jul 2016)

Robot. A shorter version, May 21st, Design in Action Summit.

Tell me the Way to Go Home; Mother of God; 2014 10th August, StoryShop, Edinburgh Book festival.

Fire with Fire Shortlist (last 10) for Doire Press Fiction and Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Published Dec 2013.

Gnomes Write This, volume 6, issue iii, 3.24.2012

Robot CS4FN - ComputerScienceForFun

Granite University with Morag Burgon-Lyon, Greg Michaelson, Judy Robertson

Swans (In Textualities)

Pictures at an Exhibition (New Writing Scotland 26, Jul 2008)

Poetry

2016

Handfast - A Poetry Duo With Beth McDonough, a pamphlet published by Mothers' Milk, May 2016

Pilgrimage Bare Hands Issue 22

Casa del Exilio. Interpreters House no 61

A Robot Drone Foresees Your Death. Poets Republic no 3.

Great Powers: John Napier of Merchiston Whaur Extremes Meet, Mar 7, 2016.

On the Bins. Southbank Poetry, no 23

Home Again. Ofi issue 46

2015

Visitation Ink, Sweat and Tears Christmas 2015, Jan 30th

Tiree: Ringing Stone. Commended, Wild Atlantic Words Competition

Titration. Fat Damsel No 2, part 2

Requiem from St Petersberg. Envoi Poetry, Issue 170 June 2015

Therefore I am; Ancient of Days. Valve 4, May 2015

Postcard from the 1880s. Runner up, 2015 Postcard peoms competition

Heft. The Open Mouse, pub 19th May 2015

Litany Across the Generations - with Beth McDonough. 2nd prize, Cheltenham poetry Festival Compound Competition

Chemistry. Poetry Scotland, March 2015.

The Morning After. Nutshells and Nuggets, pub Apr 3rd 2015

Ventriloquist. Raving Beaties, Bloodaxe Books

Humility. The Stares Nest, pub Feb 14th 2015

Twelve Days on the Beaufort Scale. The Stares Nest, pub Jan 1st 2015

Hovis. In: Red Squirrel Double Bill anthology

2014

Titration. Commended in the Buzzwords 2014 Open Poetry Competition, Sept 2014.

When Rosa met Marilyn. 2nd prize, Off the Stanza Poetry Competition, Stirling Libraries, Sept 2014

Casa del Exilio. Longlisted for the Over the Edge New writer of the Year 2014

Mont Ventoux. In: Red Squirrel Tour de Vers anthology July 2014

Saturday Shopping. Highly Commended in the 50th Annual Craigmillar Creative Writing Competition Jul 2014

Vulcan. Chosen for the Barnaby Poetry Trail, Industry, Jun 14th-29th, 2014

Weston Woods. 2nd Prize, CoastWord Into The Woods Competititon, 2014.

North Berwick Law, on the Stanza 2014 Map of Scotland

Visitation. Special Merit Award, NGS Inspired - Get Writing Competition, 2014.

5 Photos - Child in the Garden.Ink, Sweat and Tears, May 30th 2014.

2013

Fugitive: in The Skye Reading Room 2013 Islands Anthology 2013 Islands Anthology, Nov 2013

Chemistry: 3rd Prize in the 49th Annual Craigmillar Creative Writing Competition Jul 2013

How to deal with unrequited love: in Every Day Poets. Jul 2013

2012

Turing: in Take Tea with Turing. Nov 2012 also now an app for iPhone; and android

Jupiter: in Estaury - a confluence of Art and Poetry

Making; Primes of Life; Three-stage Firing: with Carol Dussere's three stories in the Conversations Across Borders project. Aug 2012

Commuter: in Every Day Poets. Aug 2012

North Berwick Law - in Ink, Sweat and Tears, June 20th, 2012

Meteor - Runner up in the James Kirkup Memorial Competition, 2012

Medal of Robert Douglas - one of five winners in the St Andrews Museum Stanza Competition, March 2012

Ventriloquist - First prize in Provocations competition, 2012

Earlier..

The Screen - Highly Commended in the Norman MacCaig Competiton 2010

Or in the heart, or in the head? (with Greg Michaelson; Textualities - Science and Intuition 1, Mar 2008; and with Sarah the Poetic Robot Aug 2012)

Readings

Listen to:

  1. Turing
  2. Meteor
  3. Chemistry
  4. Ventriloquist
  5. Therefore I am
  6. Heft
  7. North Berwick Law
  8. Jupiter
  9. City Whispers

and also: Spam Rap; Primes of Life; Chemistry; at the Red Room Poets, Weds 17th Dec 2014, 2014.


Launch, Poets Republic no 3, Stonehaven, April 29th 2016

Fae the Lassies, Govanhill Baths, Jan 29th 2016

Double Bill, St Andrews, Thurs 26th Nov, 2015

On the Edge, Galway, Sept 11th, 2015.

Pulpit Poets, Dundee, June 27th, 2015.

Quiet Compere, Chesterfield, Fri May 15th, 2015.

Double Bill, Fri 6th Feb, 2015 in Newcastle; Monday Mar 30th, Dundee.

10Red, Weds 4th Feb, 2015.

Sutton Gallery Poetry Evening, Weds 22nd Feb, 2014.

Inky Fingers National Poetry Day open mic -3rd October 2013.

Inky Fingers online open mic -23rd April 2013.

Words and Music at Govanhill Baths- August 2012

Inky Fingers Minifest 'Science and Poetry' - with Sarah the Poetic Robot - August 2012

Blind Poetics @ the Counting House Summer Festival- June 2012

Hello Poetry, Stirling (reading at the 3 minute mark, after the raffle) - April 2012

Kerouac 9th birthday celebration - No Rhyme No Reason Apr 1st 2012

Foakies - November 2011

Callander Poetry weekend - September 2011

No Sleep in Bristo Poetry Marathon - August 2011

Happy Birthday Allen Ginzberg - June 2011

StAnza Slam - March 2011

Shore Poets 'New Poet' Jan 2011

Shore Poets Open Mic April 2010



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