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Trust me, I’m a doctor

I don’t think I’ve ever written anything before about getting my PhD, but I was feeling a bit nostalgic the other day, plus I had a dream about Murchison House, where I used to to work. Back in 1966 I … Continue reading

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Word Play launched

    Here I am, at home after the launch, about to go out for a natter with my neighbours. The launch, at the Scottish Poetry Library, was a joint one with my friend and CoastWord colleague Hannah Lavery. I … Continue reading

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Calder Wood Press

I’ve been spurred into action by a visit to the Scottish Poetry Library, and a subsequent email. Now that my old Calder Wood Press domain is no longer in use, there’s nowhere for a listing of the titles I published … Continue reading

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The new book

Word Play, a new full-length of previously unpublished short stories, will be launched by Postbox Press at the Scottish Poetry Library on Saturday 30th June (1pm – all welcome). It’s been a long time coming. I used to think I … Continue reading

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The Open Mouse

The Open Mouse started as an offshoot from the Poetry Scotland website, which I started in 1996 as the web presence of the printed broadsheet Poetry Scotland, which I’m happy to say is still flourishing under its editor, my friend Sally … Continue reading

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Short story writing

I did a workshop on short story writing for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) recently, and I thought I’d put down a few notes on it here. I began with some thoughts on making a start on stories; some of … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, final part

Day 6, 5th November 2003 Up at a reasonable time for breakfast, then shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and a change to a ‘limited express’ to Takayama. A stunningly beautiful journey through the mountains. The autumn colours are at their … Continue reading

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