Hi, here you'll find information about myself, my novels, my approach to writing and details about my teaching and mentoring roles.
17th Dec: launch of poetry pamphlet Nub.A reading with Michael Stevenson, myself with music by Leo Glaister. Blackwell's Books, South Bridge, Edinburgh at 6.30.
I've been unable to get into and update my site for far too long, but thanks to my clever son Leo, I'm back!
Glad to say that my next novel, Blasted Things, is to be published by Sandstone in May 2010. Just doing proofing now and the first few bound proof copies will soon be available ...
Since I last wrote on here, my YA novel Aphra's Child, has been published by Stone Cold Fox Press. It's the first of a trilogy of which I'm getting close to finishing the second. a great job with Little Egypt and are lovely to work with. Mariscat Press are to be publishing my new poetry pamphet, entitled Nub, in December this year. So pleased about this, it came about after a residency in New Zealand last year when I fell in love with a tree. Below is the first poem, and the beginning of a spiky romance:
Do you know the Moreton Bay Fig? Have you been introduced? The one that spreads hall-sized the one with buttress roots that stretch like walls, head high or more the one with little beads of figs inedible, with patent leather leaves the one that’s deeply littered underneath in rustling clefts?
A human can press her lips against that vegetable hulk can eye the O’s and eyes that stretch the bark rear back her head to gasp at massive boughs (how do they branch so far, bear all that weight?) the complex bulk: in wonderment, in worship – or in want?