Scottish Writers for Japan

A Thousand Cranes is an anthology of poetry and prose raising funds for the victims of last year’s earthquake in Japan.

It was launched yesterday at the Margins literary festival held in The Arches, Glasgow. It’s packed with pieces from Scottish writers, including my own poem, ‘Late Night Searching of ‘2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami ’ on Wikipedia’.

If you want good read and to donate a few quid to a worthwhile cause, you can buy a copy at: http://www.cargopublishing.com/a-thousand-cranes-scottish-writers-for-japan/

Windows for Burns’ Night

As part of this year’s Burns’ Night celebrations, David Borthwick and Hugh Bryden, members of The Stove, a new volunteer-run arts venue in Dumfries, put together an inspired project they called Windows for Burns Night. They took as their stimulus a few poems that Burns scratched on panes of glass at The Globe Inn, Dumfries, apparently with a diamond ring.

They then invited poets to write some verse on a piece of transparent Melinex, which were then installed in windows around the town: at The Stove, The Globe Inn, Burns’ House, and The Coach and Horses.

You can see my poem ‘Pursued By Well-being’ in the photograph above: top row, second from left.

Selected poems will be published in an illustrated book produced by Roncadora Press.