And now I’m up-to-date, more news arrives.
The Burns House Museum
My poem ‘On a Black Mountain’ is featured in the 2013 Burns Windows Project. As was the case last year (see my February 2011 post), the far-sighted people of Dumfries are celebrating poetry by adorning the windows of public spaces with poetry by contemporary poets.
On a Black Mountain is top left
If you manage to visit the market town this month, you’ll find poems in the windows of the Coach and Horses pub, the Burns House Museum, and The Globe Inn. You’ll also be able to buy a Roncadora Press pamphlet containing the highlights of last year’s event.
The Globe Inn
‘On a Black Mountain’ can also be seen in a window of the Coach and Horses, and The Globe Inn (above left, second from the top).
The organisers have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BurnsWindowsProject
And finally October came. I gave a reading in the second city at Kevin Cadwallender’s 10Red night in the Persevere Bar on Easter Road. Great name. Great gig. Great host.
Kevin’s here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/kevincadwallender
There’s a video here (I’d embed it but I don’t know how): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp4HL7dP5r0&feature=share
And then, in September… I have to take a breath here because this was terribly exciting… I was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.
I’m not sure what else to say, really. So I won’t say anything.
They’re open for business: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/
Trying to catch up – I’m a hopeless blogger.
Way back in August, four of my poems appeared in Gutter 07: ‘Entrance’, ‘Resurrection Shuffle’, ‘Reformation’, and ‘Young Samoans on Tour’.
I’m very pleased to say that my three St Mungo’s Mirrorball Clydebuilt Poetry colleagues were also in this issue of the magazine – Vicki Husband, Maggie Rabatski and Ellen McAteer.