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EVENTS: 18.10.18 What a nice, nearly symmetrical date! Launch of YA novel Aphra's Child at Blackwell's Bookshop, Northbridge, Edinburgh 6 for 6.30. I'll be reading from and chatting about this new venture for me. Come and enjoy a glass of wine ... goo Christmas present for young people in your life, aged 11+. 6.11.18 A similar event at Byers Rd Waterstone's, 6.30 pm.
My first Young Adult book is about to be published by new Edinburgh firm Stirling Publishing in September: see above for details of launches. It's called Aphra's Child, planned to be the first of a trilogy, set in a sort of alternative version of Scotland where the results of genetic engineering have caused some interesting problems ...
The paperback edition of The Squeeze will be available in November. a great job with Little Egypt and are lovely to work with. The poem below, the title poem of my Mariscat pamphlet, was selected, to my enormous honour and delight, as one of the Scottish Poetry Library's 20 Best Scottish poems of 2015. www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk
Visiting the Animal
I press my face against the glass and there he is: the recognition is complete my way at least. The padded luxury of his palms and soles, the sooty static of his fur, the lowering brow, that flat brown stare.
He's in my dreams but doesn't always wait for dreams: black speck in my periphery, hiss of fists through grass makes me wish for graze of leather lips.
He's shocking - the heft and burl of him. Captive, still he's wild. My heart beats in time with his. That wild would crush me. When I leave I carry him a tiny lope of black at each cell's rim.