- Now living in Fife, I was born in Cheshire to a Dundee father and a Wiltshire mother – and I have been reading and writing poetry most of my life. After university in Manchester I came up to Dundee, and have lived in the area ever since. I am married to a Geordie, and have four children and two step-children.
- Most of my writing is rooted in landscape, and associated with the people who have lived and worked in the landscape: the present, for me, is in continual dialogue with the past.
I have won the Northern Arts Poetry Prize and the Fife Libraries prize, as well as being short-listed or ‘highly commended’ in several other competitions. My pamphlet Other Harvests was published by Perjink Press, and Snow Pasture by Itelsor. I have had poems printed in magazines including Ad Solem, iota, Countryside and Lallans – and I am probably the only Soutar poet to have had a poem published in a textbook for midwives . . .
In recent years I have taught Creative Writing in school and to mental health patients; I have given poetry workshops in schools and libraries and for the Northumberland Art Tour, as well as spending periods as a Writer-in-Residence at Kilchuimen Academy, in Highland Region. I write because I can’t help it – though I am constantly trying to develop my skills; but I enjoy encouraging others to develop their writing, too.