News from the Butcher’s Dog

The North East’s very own literary magazine has selected its poems for Issue 7…


The Butcher’s Dog has a team of rotating editors and guest editors. Issue 7’s are Andrew Sclater, Jake Campbell and Pippa Little. It will be out in May.



StAnza 2016

Finally home from StAnza after a three night stay in St Andrews. I had a ball, especially with the readings by Donna Stonecipher, Lemn Sissay, and Sean O’Brien.

But this year I was particularly thrilled to be a participant. I was commissioned with three other poets to respond to artefacts in MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews) as part of this year’s Festival theme of Architecture.

mace poem and pic

The poems were on display in MUSA, and also as part of a digital installation at the Festival Hub in the Byre Theatre.

byre projection from below

Many thanks to Eleanor Livingstone and Annie Rutherford, who looked after the whole Festival so well.

Preparo el plat d’olives…


Modern Poetry in Translation offers its readers ‘the very best of world poetry in translation’. It also provides an interesting opportunity to work as a translator yourself. Translate! is the page where you can find this exercise.

The latest poem on the site is ‘Preparo el plat d’olives…’ by Olga Xirinachs Díaz. The poem is from her 1978 collection Clau de Blau. My version of this poem is number 30 in the sequence, and you can find it here.


In delightful coincidence, the featured poem on the magazine’s website at the moment is by my late mentor, Alexander Hutchison. It is ‘Daylicht’, a translation of a poem by Ernesto Cardenal.


A Curious Choice

It’s good to see a couple of old friends at And Other Poems, the lovely poetry site run by Josephine Corcoran.


For Harry, Wilma & Queen George first appeared in the Templar anthology Bliss in 2011, while A Curious Choice is from the now defunct Glasgow-based West Coast Magazine way back in 1994.

And Other Poems is an uncluttered, ad-free, online place to read poems by different writers. It was created in August 2012 by Josephine Corcoran.  The aim of this site is to give readership to poems which would not otherwise be available, for instance poems no longer elsewhere online, out of print poems, poems published in print but not online, competition poems (ie poems which might have been successful in a competition but are not available to read online) and new, unpublished poems…New poems are added on Tuesdays and Fridays. Keep up-to-date by subscribing by email or by following on Twitter and Facebook.’

And Other Poems is a splendid new home for Harry and Choice, and for many poems old and new. You should spend some time there.