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.
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
with Morag Burgon-Lyon, Greg Michaelson, Judy Robertson
Swans (In Textualities)
Pictures at an Exhibition (New Writing Scotland 26, Jul 2008)
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
- Therefore I am
- North Berwick Law
- 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