Category Archives: poetry

The year of telling stories

2016 is the year that lots of things changed for me, as a writer and as a publisher, and it all started in December 2015. I was talking to Sheila Wakefield about some of my experiences in the world of … Continue reading

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Plants and Poetry

From 1976 to 2000 I lived in Mid Calder, West Lothian, very close to Calder Wood, from which my press is named. The wood was part of the Almondell and Calder Wood Country Park. The Calder Wood part was left … Continue reading

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Poetry on the Beeb

A few months ago I was asked to be a member of the panel judging the North of Scotland heat of the BBC’s ‘Off By Heart’ competition. We picked a young girl called Thalia who, in our judgment, had best … Continue reading

Posted in BBC, Jeremy Paxman, poetry, Wilfred Owen | 3 Comments

WWI poems

Anne Connolly and I are reading in Edinburgh Central Library on Armistice Day, 11th November, at 6:30pm. It’s part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Libraries. The reading is ‘A War of Words’, poetry by World War I casualties and carers. I … Continue reading

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Poems in Scots

One of the readings I’m doing on my next trip to Moray in October is of contemporary poetry in Scots. I’m interpreting this to include Scottish dialects, as well as Lallans, the literary Scots tongue. So I’ll include Glasgow, the … Continue reading

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Accessible poetry

There’s an interesting debate going on just now over on the Poets On Fire forum about the accessibility of poetry. I haven’t joined in, largely because some other folk are saying things I’d want to say myself, and I don’t … Continue reading

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Poetry and places

W N Herbert, in a posting on the Poetry Scotland Facebook group, wondered if we could extend the Scottish Poetry Library’s ‘Poetry Map of Scotland’ project, which has (please have a look) a map of Scotland with points which link … Continue reading

Posted in Kenneth White, poetry, Scotland | 4 Comments