Thursday, May 26, 2011

A quick post to say my launch date has now been set (in stone!) for Friday June 17th in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
I'll be reading with Calder Wood Press poet, Geoff Cooper, and there will be music on the Celtic Harp by Pauline Vallance. Can't wait!!

I'm typing from the library - I've had no internet access since Monday's gales blew a tree down on my phone line....disaster!! BT were supposed to send someone out to fix the line today but I'm not banking on it now...

Monday, May 16, 2011

My pamphlet launch has been postponed until sometime next month, hopefully anyone who was thinking of coming along will still be able to make it. It's a bit of a relief really, I've been ill with sickness and colds over the last fortnight and I hope to be in better form by the time the launch comes around.

Also this week is busy enough as it is with my husband - school teacher by term time, animal/man tracker in holiday time - flying off for a few days on a top secret man-tracking mission to be filmed by the BBC!!!

I'm pleased to say that my Ginsberg poem made the cut for Claire Askew's Ginsberg project which means my poem along with 32 others will be printed in an forthcoming chapbook, I hope to make it through to Edinburgh for the launch next month.

Other than that it's been illness and sleepless nights with very little poetry being read or written though I did read through Ted Hughes Letters and Plath's Letters Home, which is always a good read. Keep meaning to pick up Virginia Woolf's diaries, it's always nice to know they are there yet to be read but I really must get around to getting them!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

What a week! We were all sick as dogs for a few days, a really nasty bug going about. But yesterday my copies of Vintage Sea arrived in the post (didn't even feel well enough to blog about it last night!). How amazing to have it in my hands! I went down to my local bookstore and, excitingly, they're going to order a bunch from Colin and stock it! 

I currently have two poems up at the Ink, Sweat & Tears webzine and Michelle McGrane is featuring Vintage Sea on her wonderful poetry blog, Peony Moon

One of the poems, 'Brenhilda', was inspired by The Guga Hunters by Donald S. Murray, which I bought a few months ago on my way back from Lewis. A beautifully written book about a centuries-old Hebridean tradition, a really wonderful read.