Diary

2021

25 April, Soutar Festival of Words, readings from the anthology Scotia Extremis, with Beth Mcdonough, Andy Jackson, Lindsay Macgregor, Andrew Wilson & Judy Taylor

10 May, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, ‘Where are the birds taking me?’

26 June, Norman Nicholson Festival 2021, “The tide slides backward”, a talk and reading considering themes familiar from Nicholson’s work – seashore and hillside, landscape and memory, substance and transience.

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2020 events (pre-lockdown) included the talk ‘Poems on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile’ for Ayr U3A, Duns & District U3A and Humanists Enjoying Life; Poetry Walk: In a kingdom by the sea for StAnza, St Andrews; and two workshops at Abriachan Forest Trust, run as part of my 2020 Jessie Kesson Fellowship at Moniack Mhor.

2019 events included a Scottish/Hungarian Translation Workshop Showcase, Breakfast at the Poetry Café: A Conversation in Translation and Border Crossings, a reading with Arne Rautenberg and Richard Gwyn, all for StAnza, St Andrews; Edina Europa, a walk with poems for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, on Edinburgh’s longstanding connections with Europe; and three bird-themed events for the Wigtown Book Festival.

2018 events included Head Lines: Medicine and Poetry, with John Gillies (Co-Director, University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative); ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: a Royal Mile poetry walk for TradFest; a reading with Miriam Gamble, Diana Hendry, Rex Sweeny and Ginny The Fiddle for Leith Festival; the launches for Floating the Woods, Heroines from Abroad and Wild City; Reading the Streets: an Old Town Poetry Tour for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; a workshop on ‘Hands’ for Lapidus Scotland’s Words Work Well for All Facilitator Gathering at the Mitchell Library; a reading as part of the seminar John Muir: Spirituality, Politics and Psychology.

2017 events included Making a Living as a Poet, with Harry Giles and Sarah Hesketh for StAnza; Come Down the Mile, a poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a promenade event in the exhibition Edinburgh Alphabet, with Henry Marsh, Colin Will, Martin Bates & Jane Aldous, at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre; readings at the Festival International de la Poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada; a descriptive spoken word tour with readings with Juliana Capes for the exhibition Daughters of Penelope at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. 

2016 events included a Nothing But the Poem session on Buson’s haiku at the Scottish Poetry Library; a reading and workshop at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist; a reading tour with live music at The Highlanders Museum, Fort George; a renga at the Scottish Poetry Library; Come Down the Mile, a poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a lecture, Hitting the hosomichi: Japanese Poetry in Scotland, at Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh; walks on Kinnoull Hill and in Birnam as part of the weekend Perthshire tours, follies & wild gardens, with Alec Finlay, Rhynie Woman, Christopher Dingwall and others.

2015 events included a launch for The Road North, with Alec Finlay and Gerry Loose; ECLIPSE: Enlightenment, an event with artist David Faithfull at The Community Forge, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh; an reading in Glasgow for About Face, an exhibition of large format Polaroid portraits by Maud Sulter (originally commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library in 2002); a poetry walk and workshop at planten un blomen, Hamburg, Germany; a walk as part of the exhibition Curved Stream at Traquair House, Innerleithen; The Power of Creative Collaboration, with Claire Pençak at Mac-Arts, Galashiels; a reading for a memorial event for Tessa Ransford.

2014 events included chairing Poetry in Translation with Jan Wagner & Anne Stokes at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow; a reading with Michael Augustin at Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany; a walk and workshop, Celebrating Bees: Poems of the Five Senses at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London; a talk on Poems of World War One at the John Gray Centre, Haddington; a reading with Christine Marendon to launch the new issue of Modern Poetry in Translation at the Royal Festival Hall, London; leading walks for Alec Finlay’s there were our own there were the others at over twenty National Trust properties in England and Wales ; Some bat-squeak echo of other time: a tour guided by fiction at the National Library of Scotland; readings from The Road North at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, with Alec Finlay; ‘Late Ripeness’: Poems About Memory and Ageing, for Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival; a reading for Andrew Mackenzie’s exhibition Veined with Shadow-branches at Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London; a reading for The Saltire Concert, Inveresk, Musselburgh; Remembering the Great War in words and music, with Brian Bannatyne-Scott & Lorna Irvine at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. 

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