The Stowed Out Festival

So it’s the day of the first ever spoken word stage at the Stowed Out Festival, the first ever event of this sort that I’ve organised, and I’m looking out the window that morning at the bucketing rain and I’m thinking to myself Is this good? Is this bad? Because I have no idea what … [Read more…]

Poetry residency at Selkirk F.C.

My wife asked me the other day how often I think about football. “Oh, about once every ten minutes,” I said. It didn’t strike me as an excessive amount of time, but Sara could not get over it. Every ten minutes! Naturally the science is inexact, but if anything, every ten minutes is an underestimate. … [Read more…]

The Stowed Out Poetry Slam.

I’ve been bitten by that dog many times before. No sooner have you proudly announced that X is the first event of its kind to happen in the Borders than you are swamped by an angry deluge of letters to the editor informing you in no uncertain terms that the first X was held in … [Read more…]

Writing in Scots.

I’ve had a couple of things see the grim light of day since I last posted. “Auld Hughie’s Losin It” – a rip-roaring tale of bauchles and bowling clubs – is up on McStorytellers, whilst I have a couple of poems and a wee interview on writing in Scots over at It’s a fraught business, writing in … [Read more…]

Writing and Politics.

Seems like as good a day as any to write about politics. Well, about writing and politics anyway. In the Scottish Borders, political engagement is rife amongst the artistic community. The vast majority of those in the creative industries down here, particularly writers and musicians, are politically active one way or another, with those on … [Read more…]


On Sunday I was over at Old Gala House for the launch of Julian Colton’s latest poetry collection, “Cold Light of Morning”. It was a good venue for a well-attended event. I’ve never had a book launch of my own, primarily because of my grim certainty that nobody would show up and I’d be left … [Read more…]

The Fifth Miracle

I wrote and starred in a film earlier this year which will be screening at the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick this month. “The Fifth Miracle”, filmed in and around Glasgow Cathedral, will be part of the festival’s programme on Sunday 19th April at 4:30pm. Details below:

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon

I’m not one for jazz, but I had a great time at “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon” at the Mac Arts Centre in Galashiels on Sunday (duh). Great to have something like this happening on our own doorstep, and very well supported too. After many years of Borderers having to traipse up to Edinburgh for … [Read more…]

New Year News

Some great news to start off the new year. I’m delighted to announce that the fabulous Gatehouse Press will be publishing my first collection of poetry later this year! A great press who also publish the excellent Lighthouse Literary Journal – I’m very pleased to be working with them. An announcement regarding the publication can be found … [Read more…]