How to Approach the Pier

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With a bowline tied to your monkey-fist, with your heaving-rope coiled sun-wise, bow to Faray, engine in reverse.   With your stern door lined up to the ramp, the quarry to starboard, slumped where the stones for the pier were … Read More

Story Stack Recording

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Something from the ‘Story Stack ‘project which came to Papay ten days ago. Rebecca Marr invited us to share food stories. I’d written the piece in May on a visit to Papay’s museum. I was fascinated by the scoop/ladle used … Read More

Publication News

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Maria Isakova, poet, editor and artist has chosen a collection of my poems to publish as a hand-sewn pamphlet in 2019. Her venture, which produces beautiful poetry journals, is called Coast to Coast to Coast.

Launch of ‘An Unbolted Door’

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I launched ‘An Unbolted Door’ to a generous hearted and undaunted group of Westray folk on Friday 30th November in the Heritage Centre at 7.00pm. The weather outside was dark and forbidding. Indoors it was peaceable and attentive. It was … Read More

An Unbolted Door – New Pamphlet

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My second pamphlet, ‘An Unbolted Door’, seventeen Westray poems, published by Maquette Press, is due from the printer in the next few days. With its cover by Edwin Rendall and its journey from pier to fieldfare flock by way of … Read More

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