In Chronological order:
1. Shore Poets. I’m delighted to be reading on Sunday 27th, 7:45 pm, Mai Thai Restaurant, Canongate. Also reading are Andy Philip and Julie Sheridan.
I’ve selected my poems chronologically, with a few each from Thirteen Ways of Looking At the Highlands (1996), Seven Senses (2000), one from the chapbook Mementoliths (2005), then Sushi & Chips (2006), and finishing with some new poems, published and unpublished. I’ve rehearsed them, but I’m flexible – I may change the selection at the last minute.
2. Writers’ Retreat. I’m off to Glencanisp Lodge, Lochinver for a week. Unlike last year, I’ve got nothing specific in mind to write during the week, and there is no theme. Last year it was all based around Norman MacCaig, and we did a reading at the Ullapool Book Festival on the Friday night. I remember driving back to the Lodge with Mandy Haggith that night, seeing hundreds of deer looming out of the darkness, their eyes glowing. Mandy said that the locals call that stretch ‘Serengeti’, and I could see why. I’ve bought Mandy’s novel “The Last Bear”, and I must finish it before I go so we can talk about it.
3. Chelsea Flower Show. We’re going to that for the first time – really looking forward to it.
4. Lithuania. In June I’m off to the International Poetry Festival in Utena, Lithuania, with Eleanor Livingstone, StAnza’s Artistic Director. I’ve never been to any of the Baltic States, so this will be an adventure. More on this later.
In between I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on, some reviewing, two new chapbooks to get ready for the printers, and two books to prepare for Lulu POD on behalf of Tyne & Esk Writers.
Life doesn’t get any less busy.