Taking My Mother to Higher Ground poem in Scotia Extremis anthology


Life is amazing isn’t it. I have a baby that takes up 100% of my time and preoccupies ALL my thoughts; America’s just made a massive decision (atrocity) that doesn’t represent me or portend a safe future; and I’ve just gotten home from a picturesque weekend away looking for starling murmurations. However does the mind cope with extremes?

But here is some good news! I’m pleased to say my poem ‘Taking My Mother to Higher Ground‘ has been included in the online anthology Scotia Extremis, an epic collection of poems where Scottish extremes meet!

Brainchild of Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson, at Scotia Extremis each week two poems from the extremes of Scottish culture are paired together. The Barras meets Jenners, Tartan meets Tweed, Jekyll & Hyde meet Burke & Hare Рto name but a few of the cultural collisions so far seen on the blog!

My poem about a walk up Arthur’s Seat (a relatively easy hill to climb in Edinburgh) is paired with Jacqueline Thompson’s stellar ‘The In Pin’ about the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a proper mountaineering feat in Skye which requires a rock climb and abseil! Definitely worth a read! Plus we’re week 42 of the pairings so plenty more great poems to keep you entertained. Hope you enjoy it!

Be the First to Like This: LAUNCH event

thumbPoetry news! A few of my poems have been selected for publication in the new Be the First to Like This anthology, showcasing ‘promising young Scottish poets’. Very excited to say that¬†In Mobius, How the Beasts Survive for So Long, and Immortal Jellyfish will be included. ‘In Mobius’ and ‘How the Beasts Survive’ first appeared in Where Rockets Burn Through, and ‘Immortal Jellyfish’ is a new one!

So chuffed to say my poems will be sitting amongst those from many great poets, including: William Letford, Ryan Van Winkle, JL Williams, McGuire, Russell Jones, Rachel McCrum… actually really too many to list here. It’s a really great list and I’m honored to be included. Honoured even.

A call to action!BTFTLT front

If you’re Edinburgh-local, please come and celebrate the launch of Be the First to Like This with me on Thursday, 25th September.

Festivities will start at 6:30pm at the Scottish Poetry Library.

There’ll be readings from some of the poets, plus booze and amazing chat.

Also, check the Be the First to Like This website for more content including recordings of readings (one from me to come!).

Addendum: There was a HUGE photoshoot spread in the Herald for BTFTLT! It’s so great to see press for poetry!: