Finns in Edinburgh: Canongate Kirk

Of course I was mostly interested in the cemetery — me and the magpies! The poet Robert Fergusson is buried there. While Laura and Risto looked around the church, I wandered among the gravestones. Lots of history here.

Video: Songs of Defiance

Denied the opportunity to use my fancy schmancy Powerpoint presentation at the performance of ‘Songs of Defiance’ on Monday at the Arts Center, I decided to just record the poem and make it a video. Of course I did it in bits and pieces in between other things so it’s only just now done. The…

Dames, Dolls & Defiance

A couple of dames talking: yeah, that’s me and the Queen of Everything AKA S. L. Johnson talking about art, inspiration and why restrictions are good for creativity on SpeakEasy Radio. If you missed Friday’s programme, it was a short one with humour (the cardinal rule, keep it short) with Graham Wynd‘s ‘Ham on Heels’…

Review: Diagnosis by Alessandra Bava

DIAGNOSIS Alessandra Bava Chapbook Dancing Girl Press Life is short: I find I have less and less time to review books because I am too busy writing them. Consequently I only review books that I simply have to urge people to read. Like this one: poetry is an investment. A slender chapbook takes no time…

Kinski Butterfly

Richard Sanderson is doing another one of his free-for-all projects Two Minutes Left over at Linear Obsessional Recordings (Submissions open until December 15th). I took part in last year’s Button Box with a spoken word piece from my story “Carlos” that appears in the second Fox Pockets anthology, Shapeshifters. That recording is free to download: So…

The Krampus Returns

Yes, it seems the rest of the world has caught up on the Krampus craze thanks to social media and the ‘tube which has allowed folks to share video and vintage postcards easily. And yes, it does get a bit tiresome always being ahead of the curve. So yes, I was finally stirred to create…

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Every creative gets this question sooner or later: those asking think it’s the most natural thing in the world to ask about this ‘mysterious’ process. Those questioned, however, can’t help wondering where don’t you get ideas?! The truth is inspiration comes from the oddest things (that’s why we carry notebooks) but it can also be…

Happy Halloween

May your day be delightful, whatever you get up to — here’s a little poem for you:   LULU Lulu has the biggest Teeth, From above and underneath— They gleam like Stars in midnight black, And once they’re out, they don’t go back Until some morsel slips between, Sundered on the bright points keen. Keep…

Review: The Berries

The Berries This hilarious play is set in the summer of 1974 amid the berry fields of Kirriemuir, and follows a day in the life of four Dundee ‘nabblers’ (pickers) as they toil and graft under the watchful eye of the no-nonsense foreman Rab. In order to distract themselves from the hard work, they enter…

Anticipation

We have tickets for two plays coming up at Dundee Rep: Let The Right One In A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and screenplay of the film by John Ajvide Lindqvist Directed by John Tiffany Associate Director Steven Hoggett. A major new production, Let the Right One In is a…