The poet snags your attention with precisely noted phrases ... as he shares encounters with birds and insects, swans, owls, lapwing; with sculptures, and stories of, say, a house whose frontage has collapsed to reveal its small secrets to the world.
A Sense of North (2019)
Drawing on subjects as varied as Roman legionaries and a worn-out shirt, modern air travel and the imagined life of a lugworm, A Sense of North searches for purpose and order in the human condition. A sense of wonder finds itself kindled in the small and familiar as much as the large and emotive. Whether pondering the fickleness of memory or the meaning of love and loss, this is poetry that asks what it means to be alive.
Published in response to a project in association with Arran Open Studios.
Time Lines (2011)
‘Time Lines traces an arc from coming-of-age to maturity . . . Beautifully crafted, humanely observed and with an ear for both the muscularity and lyricism of language, Time Lines is a richly rewarding debut collection.’
‘Beautiful poetry full of remembered experiences and times past. A strong link with nature enhanced by an ability to manipulate language to create sophisticated imagery.’
‘Never obscure, it turns over small pieces of common experience . . . revealing the wealth of meaning that lies within them.’