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Interview for Gentleman

(Gentleman is an Indian magazine: about ten years ago, my old pal from Kolkatta, Debanjan Chakrabarti, wrote up this interview based on my last trip to India. I was just getting some poems together for my next trip — next … Continue reading

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This is the artefact(oid)

(Another slightly updated elderly posting which would seem to want to live out its limited readership on this blog.) I was trying to distinguish my various sites from each other using only the power of my feeble brain (which resembles … Continue reading

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The Roman Spork

(An old facebook note that felt a bit out on a limb back there, deep under the surface of the idiot moment.) Those of us who, due to organisational ineptness, have found themselves trying to eat spaghetti with a spoon, … Continue reading

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Contemporary Scottish Poetry

(This piece was written for the Poetry International Website as part of an editorial job undertaken at the request of the Poetry Society in 2006. I posted new work by Tracey Herd and David Kinloch. It’s a little compressed — … Continue reading

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A Turbulent Makar

(This piece on Edwin Morgan’s Scottish Laureateship was written in November 2005 for a small magazine the name and a copy of which continues to evade me.) The idea of a poet laureate carries with it some interesting preconceptions. Although … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial Day Reading

(This piece was written in February 2005 for the Blinking Eye website. I was judging their competition, and they asked me for something for the site. Every year for the last three years the writers associated with Newcastle University — … Continue reading

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Root and Graft

(This piece was written in November 2004 in response to a request from Beeb2’s Culture Show for a take on the NE’s literary scene. It didn’t take. But it roughs out the idea that there is in the UK a cultural … Continue reading

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