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 recently 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)
A shorter version, from the Design in Action Summit: Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media, v4 n1-2 pp109-111, Jun 2015
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)
Child. Poetry Scotland, Spring 2021
Costa Rica Come-downs; Gettysburg. Orbis issue 195, Mar 2021
Neolithic Burial. Marble Broadhseet 1, History
Your Own Petition. Federation of Writers Scotland, Arbroath Declarations
Radioactive Skłodowska. Consilience, issue 3
Scaffold. Alchemy Spoon, issue 2
Robot Poems. In: Uncanny Bodies, ed P. Goldschmidt, Luna Press 2020
Today's news As Above So Below - no6, Liminality. p28
Astronomer: El Roque de Los Muchachos. In: Whirlagust, Yaffle prize anthology 2020
Ch’ang kan Village comes to Manchester; Foundation Stone; in Mancunian Ways, Fly On The Wall
Old Vienna. Allegro issue 25,Allegro Sept 2020
Two Pebbles. Under the Radar, issue 26 Autumn 2020
20:20 Vision. Butcher's Dog, issue 13, Summer 2020
Children of Coronovirus, Postcards from Malthusia
Iseult's Complaint, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Issue 3, 2020
The Dresser, Atrium Jan 31, 2020
December, Right Hand Pointing, Issue 36b, Jan 2020
Bastille Day in Herault; Notre Dame du SucThe French Literary Review, Issue 33, Jan 2020
Waterworld; On the Bins Pic Pocket a Poem
CodingWinner, 2020 Poetry of Science Competition
Belshazzar's Feast Morning Star, Dec 2019
Voicemail from Palestine; Amending Walls. DoveTales Anthology: Bridges or Walls? Nov 2019.
King Knut Prole 29, Nov 2019
Full Steam Ahead Glasgow Herald Poem of the Day, 29.8.19
Carving Knives Skylight 47, issue 12 Also **Film Poem**
Llyn Peninsula;Pilgrim's Progress Places of Poetry
Tiree - Ringing StoneStanza Poetry Map of Scotland
Seekers International Times, 3.8.19
More Resolute Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign;
2019 Bread and Roses Anthology
Rule Britannia International Times, May 2019
July Moon. In: Pale Fire, New poetry on the Moon, Frgmore Press, June 2019
New Born. Commended, Mother's Milk Writing Prize, 2018
And we all sang together. Commended, William Soutar prize , 2018
Letting Go; In the Greenwood; Celeste Aida - in Blue Nib, issue 38, June 2019
The Last Spitfire
in:New Boots and Pantisocracies, 18 Mar 2019
Anti-Trump Demonstration. Poets Republic issue 7, May 2019
Great Powers: John Napier of Merciston. In: Scotia Extremis , Andy Jackon, Brian Johnstone (eds) pub Luath Press
Raven. Algebra of Owls.
In parallel. Marble , Issue 4, April 2019
Ch’ang kan Village comes to Manchester - After Ch’ang kan Village Song, by Li Po.
Ofi Press 62, April 2019, p8.
Marathon, In: Pendle War Competition 2018- Selected Poems
Making Mince Pies. In: (More) New poems for Christmas, Live Canon, Dec 2018
Bone Woman. Firth, issue 2, Nov 2018
Neanderthal: Here be Giants. Prole, no27, Dec 2018
Halloween. Three Drops in a Cauldron, Samhain 2018 issue.
Geneva. Ink, Sweat and tears, Sept 4th 2018
Agenda Item; Long-listed, Live Canon 2018 competition; In: Live Canon 2018 Anthology
Another Country. In: Cadence, ed. Grant Hudson, Clarendon House Publications
Natural Science; Cheshire Walks; Notre Dame du Suc; In: Landscapes, Ed. Margaret Holbrook, Sept 2018
Bastille Day in Herault. Coast to Coast to Coast Issue 4 August 2018
Circular Time. In:Please hear what I am not saying.
The Measurements. Commissioned for the Stanza 2018 Digital installation: Lines on a Map
Marathon. Commended, Sonnet or Not 2017 Competition
Muses; Latin lessons. The North, issue 59
Pilgrims Progress. In: Noble Dissent, from Beautiful Dragons Press
Fenris. Three Drops in a Cauldron Midwinter 2017 special, p45.
Leonardo Constellation Riggwelter, issue 3, page 27, Nov 2017
Autumn term Degenerates: Voices for peace Bullying edition, Sept 2017
Minotaur. Prole issue 23, Aug 2017
National Hero, Belshazzar's Feast, Social Security. I Am Not a Silent Poet, 22nd July 2017
Drawn in perspective.Antiphon issue 21, p19. Jun 2017. Also recording.
The Statue of David Hume, translated into Spanish by Buenosaires Poetry
Llyn Peninsula. A Bees Breakfast from Beautiful Dragons Press
Norwegian Blue. Agenda Vol 50 Nos-3-4 Power of Poetry
True Story and Essex Ancestors The Lake Feb 2017
The Statue of David Hume Umbrellas of Edinburgh
Turing; and Robophobia Shoreline of Infinity no 5
Eve's Dazzle Job Signal - poetic responses to Every Woman by Ciara Phillips
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
Visitation Ink, Sweat and Tears Christmas 2015, Jan 30th
Tiree: Ringing Stone. Commended, Hungry Hill 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
Chemistry. Poetry Scotland, March 2015.
The Morning After. Nutshells and Nuggets, pub Apr 3rd 2015
Ventriloquist. Hallelujah for 50ft Women, Raving Beaties, Bloodaxe Books
Humility. The Stares Nest, pub Feb 14th 2015; 21 Poems for Jeremy Corbyn
Twelve Days on the Beaufort Scale. The Stares Nest, pub Jan 1st 2015
Hovis. In: Red Squirrel Double Bill anthology
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
Vulcan. Chosen for the Barnaby Poetry Trail, Industry, Jun 14th-29th, 2014
North Berwick Law, on the Stanza 2014 Map of Scotland
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
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)
Handfast - A Poetry Duo With Beth McDonough, a pamphlet published by Mothers' Milk, May 2016
Astronomer: El Roque de Los Muchachos. Highly Commended, Yaffle competition 2020
And we all sang together. Commended, William Soutar prize, 2019,
Marathon. Commended, Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Competition, 2017
The vultures of Prometheus. 1st prize,
Hungry Hill Poets meet Politics competition, June 2017
Litany Across the Generations - with Beth McDonough.
2nd prize, Cheltenham poetry Festival Compound Competition
Visitation. Special Merit Award,
National Galleries of Scotland: Inspired - Get Writing Competition, 2014.
Weston Woods. 2nd Prize, CoastWord Into The Woods Competititon, 2014.
When Rosa met Marilyn. 2nd prize, Off the Stanza Poetry Competition, Stirling Libraries, Sept 2014
Titration. Commended in the Buzzwords 2014 Open Poetry Competition, Sept 2014.
Saturday Shopping. Highly Commended in the
50th Annual Craigmillar Creative Writing Competition Jul 2014
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
Lies/Dreaming #9 Podcast Robots: A Robot Drone Foresees Your Death
- Chemistry(from Pretty in Pink)
- Primes of Life (from Pretty in Pink)
- Therefore I am
- North Berwick Law
- City Whispers
Film Poem: Carving Knives
Film Poem: Odin's Ravens
At Event Horizon 34, with Nao:
Primes of Life; Chemistry;
at the Red Room Poets, Weds 17th Dec 2014, 2014.
Sarah the poetic robot, 2012: Spam Rap;
An eclogue on Science and Intuition - jointly authored with Greg Michaelson;
Eve's Dazzle Job, read by Marjorie Lotfi Gill
Pedagogical Eros, Berlin, 26th Feb 2020.
Shore Poets Returning Poet, Edinburgh, 29th Jan 2020
Place and Peace, Scottish Pen. CCA Glasgow, 16th July 2019.
Poet's Republic Launch, Edinburgh, 4th May 2019.
Sudden Fame, Aye Write Festival, Glasgow, 24th March 2019.
Scotia Extremis Launch, Aye Write Festival, Glasgow, 24th March 2019.
Event Horizon 34, Frankenstein pub, Edinburgh. Feb 14th 2019
Poets meet Politics, Competition Anthology Launch, Castletownbere, June 3rd 2017
Umbrellas of Edinburgh, Blackwells, Edinburgh, November 15th 2016
Event Horizon 13, Blind Poet, Edinburgh, November 7th 2016
Handfast (with Beth McDonough), Callander Festival, September 3rd, 2016
Handfast Edinburgh Launch (with Beth McDonough), Blackwells, Edinburgh, Jun 16th 2016
Handfast Dundee Launch (with Beth McDonough), Dundee, May 26th 2016
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