16 January, Ayr U3A, ‘Poems on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile’

18 February, Duns and District U3A, ‘Poems on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile’

3 March, 12.30–13.45. StAnza, St Andrews
Poetry Walk: In a kingdom by the sea
Poems about St Andrews and the sea, walking from the British Golf Museum to the Byre Theatre.

12, 14, 17 March. Abriachan Forest Trust
I’ve been awarded the 2020 Jessie Kesson Fellowship, and will spend three weeks at Moniack Mhor in March, developing my work and running three workshops, at Abriachan Forest Trust.
12 March, 15.00–1700. Afternoon writing workshop
14 March, 14.00–16.00, Family Writing Workshop
17 March, 19.00–21.00. Evening writing workshop


9 March. Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, St Andrews
Scottish/Hungarian Translation Workshop Showcase

10 March. Studio Theatre, The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews
Breakfast at the Poetry Café: A Conversation in Translation
Poets and translators discuss how translation works as conversation.

10 March. The Undercroft, St John’s House, South Street, St Andrews
Border Crossings
A reading with German poet Arne Rautenberg and Richard Gwyn.

9 May. Henderson’s, Hanover Street, Edinburgh.
Poetry & Coffee. Readings by Ken Cockburn, Eleanor Livingstone and Margorie Lotfi Gill. Free

25–27 May. Spring Fling, Dumfries and Galloway
I’m working as writer-in-residence for Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival.
Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. I visited a number of studios over the weekend, offering workshops and drop-in activities, and speaking to makers and visitors; there’s a blog post here.

August 2–18 (not 7, 12), Edina Europa. A walk with poems for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, on Edinburgh’s longstanding connections with Europe.

Three events for the Wigtown Book Festival
29 September, 19:30 at The Other Tent,  Birds and Beyond, with The Bookshop Band
5 October, 9:30 Spring Fling Bird Walk, with Paul Tarling of the RSPB
6 October, 12 noon, Poet at the Bird Hide


12 March. St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh EH1 1LL. Head Lines: Medicine and Poetry. John Gillies (Co-Director, University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative) and poet Ken Cockburn discuss poetry’s place in the world of medicine and care. Organised by the Scottish Poetry Library.

29 March. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. Book launch, Floating the Woods

21 April. Dun Coillich: a place-aware walk. With Alec Finlay

3 & 5 May. ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: a Royal Mile poetry walk. Part of TradFest 2018

13 June. Persevere, 398 Easter Road, EH6 8HT. CultFusion #5 with Miriam Gamble, Diana Hendry, Rex Sweeny and Ginny The Fiddle. Part of Leith Festival 2018

14 June. Henderson’s, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry & Coffee. Readings by Ken Cockburn, Colin Donati, and Margorie Lotfi Gill with harpist Katie Harrigan.

13 July. Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop. Book launch – Heroines from Abroad
Poems by Christine Marendon, translated from the German by Ken Cockburn.

4 – 27 August. Reading the Streets: an Old Town Poetry Tour
Poetry walks around the Canongate for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starting and ending at the Scottish Poetry Festival.

25 August, Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Lapidus Scotland: Words Work Well for All Facilitator Gathering
A day celebrating the use of writing, storytelling, and reading for health and wellbeing in Scotland.

30 September. Edinburgh Society of Musicians. ‘Young Talents’
 Concert with readings by Ken Cockburn of poems on the theme of music by the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert (1924–1998). Organised by the Scottish-Polish Cultural Association.

28 October, The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow.
Wild City: book launch
A relaxed sharing of our new guide to the wild in the greeny howe, Glasgow, with free copies of the book available. Readings by Alec Finlay, Dee Heddon and Ken Cockburn.

17 November, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh
John Muir: Spirituality, Politics and Psychology
Speakers include Duncan Macniven, Lilian Helen Brzoska, Rev Dr Richard Frazer and Duncan Smeed.


3 March. StAnza, St Andrews. Making a Living as a Poet, with Harry Giles and Sarah Hesketh.

28 April – 1 May. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Disregarded Harmonies: poems on the Royal Mile. A poetry walk for TradFest 2017.

5–28 August. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Come Down the Mile. A poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

12 September. Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh. Vespers 10, with Daisy Lafarge.

22 September. City Art Centre, Market Street, Edinburgh. A promenade event in the exhibition Edinburgh Alphabet, with Henry Marsh, Colin Will, Martin Bates & Jane Aldous.

29 September– 8 October. Festival International de la Poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

24 October. Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. Daughters of Penelope: a descriptive spoken word tour with readings, with Juliana Capes


20 February. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Nothing But the Poem: Buson and haiku.

31 March. Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist. Last Thursdays Poetry Evening.

1 April. Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist. Writing workshop

29 April. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Huddles & Heavens: poems on the Canongate.

13 May. The Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness IV12 7TD. A museum tour with live music

25 June. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Renga on the Terrace.

5 – 29 August. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Come Down the Mile. A poetry walk for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 September. Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. Hitting the hosomichi: Japanese Poetry in Scotland.

30 September. Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. Found in Translation. An event for International Translation Day.

15 & 16 October. AK Bell Library, Perth. Perthshire tours, follies & wild gardens. A free weekend of talks, walks, writing and foraging in Perth and Dunkeld & Birnam, with Alec Finlay, Rhynie Woman, Christopher Dingwall and others.

25 November. St James Church, Leith Links, Edinburgh. The Tasting Room.


12 March. Hendersons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry and Coffee.

31 March. The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow. Book launch, The Road Northwith Alec Finlay & Gerry Loose.

4 April. The Community Forge, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. ECLIPSE: Enlightenment, with David Faithfull.

5 May. Blackwell Bookshop, Edinburgh. Book launch, Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation.

17 April – 28 June. Hillhead Library, Glasgow. About Face. An exhibition of large format Polaroid portraits by Maud Sulter, originally commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library in 2002

19 July. planten un blomen, Hamburg, Germany. ‘Von Edo nach Edinburgh – Eine Reise mit Basho’ (‘From Edo to Edinburgh – a journey with Basho’)

5 September–31 October. Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW. Curved Stream.

23 September. Mac-Arts, Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP. The Power of Creative Collaboration, with Claire Pençak

8 October. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Two poetry walks for National Poetry Day.

24 November. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. A Canongate Poetry Walk.

Saturday 28 November, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. Some bat-squeak echo of other time: A tour guided by fiction

Monday 7 December. St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, Edinburgh. A Memorial Event for Tessa Ransford.


5 March. Goethe-Institut Glasgow. Poetry in Translation, with Jan Wagner & Anne Stokes

13 March. Hendersons, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Poetry and Coffee, with Donald Smith & Anita John

25 March. Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany. Lyrik im Gespräch, with Michael Augustin

10 April. Chelsea Physic Garden, London. Celebrating Bees: Poems of the Five Senses.

9 June. The John Gray Centre, Haddington, East Lothian. Poems of World War One.

11 June. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. An introduction to Artlink’s Opening Lines project which creates events for audiences with sight loss as well as sighted audiences, with Juliana Capes.

19 July. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London. Launch of the new issue of Modern Poetry in Translationwith Christine Marendon

Various dates, June – August. Various National Trust properties in England and Wales.
there were our own there were the others

20 September. Jerwood Centre, Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Readings from The Road North, with Alec Finlay

20 September. The Foyle Room, opposite Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Poetry Workshop: Renga

16 October. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. ‘Late Ripeness’: Poems About Memory and Ageing. Part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

26 October. Shore Poets, Henderson’s at St John’s, Edinburgh. With Brian Johnstone

6 November. The Bluecoat, Liverpool. there were our own there were the others, with Alec Finlay, Libby Houston & Edmund Hardy

8 November. Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. A reading to close the exhibition of paintings by Andrew Mackenzie, ‘Veined with Shadow-branches’.

30 November. St. Michael’s Parish Church, Inveresk, Musselburgh. The Saltire Concert. Music and poetry for St Andrew’s Day.

11 December. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Remembering the Great War in words and music. With Brian Bannatyne-Scott & Lorna Irvine.

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