'Birdfall' - Book Week Scotland - Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist


As part of Book Week Scotland and the Uist Book Festival, Donald S Murray and I will be talking about our latest collaboration, ‘Birdfall’, at Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre and Museum in Lochmaddy, North Uist.

This event marks the completion of nearly three years of work to produce this book, and the accompanying exhibitions.

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High Window Magazine - Autumn Edition

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The latest edition of High Window poetry magazine is now available free online. This issue features the latest post as part of my 2018 artist in residence series, with images and poems from my collaboration with my dear friend and collaborator Donald S Murray. 

Hope you can take some time to browse the magazine and read some of the fine work by wide range of poets, all expertly edited by David Cooke and Anthony Costello.

Click here to view the Birdfall feature and access the rest of the magazine.

Dark Stuff - Illustrations for Donald S Murray's new book

My latest series of illustrations for Donald S Murray's new book 'The Dark Stuff', to be published by Bloomsbury on the 4th of April, 2018.

Watch out for more posts featuring information about talks, exhibitions and reviews featuring the work form the book and our other collaboration projects.

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  Ruisgeadh -  Turfing  

Ruisgeadh - Turfing 

  Moine Bhan -  White Peat

Moine Bhan - White Peat

  Fad a Gharraidh -  The Wall Peat

Fad a Gharraidh - The Wall Peat

  Moine Dhubh -   Caorann -  Black Peat

Moine Dhubh - Caorann - Black Peat

  Rathad an Iseain -  The Birds' Path

Rathad an Iseain - The Birds' Path

Poems From 'Pocket Noost' - A poem by Lucy Anderson

Following on from the post of Angela Topping's poem 'Noost', from her collection 'Five Petals of Elderflower',  I'm pleased to host another guest poet Lucy Anderson and her poem, also titled 'Noost'. As Lucy explains below, the poem came from a poetry workshop in Wales, with my friend and acclaimed poet Pascale Petit


This was written whilst on a’ Working with Myth’ workshop at Ty Newydd Writing Centre

Thinking in particular of family myths, myths of origin, I had been thinking of the myth around my very premature birth in 1969 and the myth my mother has upheld that the big nurse told her ‘I was strong and to be treated that way’. In the workshop, I was given a postcard of the art sculpture ‘ Noost’ and this poem was born.


And what if the midwife had spoken

a different language – a Shetland tongue

to my mother,

when I weighed as a bag of sugar

in my father’s butcher-hands.


What if she had said

this baby girl,

though carved and curved, is softwood,

don’t let the bilge water fill her,

keep her moored on dry land.


                                          Lucy Anderson

                                        Lucy Anderson


As I said in the previous Noost post, it is wonderful when another piece of art is influenced by a piece of work you have created, and I felt very honoured when Pascale asked if she could use the wee assemblage to inspire the poets in her workshops to produce new work, especially when she first used it at Ted Hughes' former home in Mytholmroyd.

Lucy's poem will feature in her forthcoming pamphlet, 'Legacy', which will be published by Cinnamon Press in February 2018. To find out more about Lucy and her work, follow this link to the Cinnamon Press website.