August 2016

The poem 'Rainy's Wall' can be found on StAnza's Poetry Map of Scotland. George Rainy was a wealthy merchant who had a wall built across the narrowest part of the Isle of Raasay, midway between Brochel Castle and South Arnish, in the early 1840s.


April 2013

The poem 'After the Wave' was awarded special merit in the National Galleries of Scotland Inspired? Writing Competition.


March 2011

StAnza 2011, 16-20 March, with Maoilios Caimbeul. For information about this year's (2017) festival see


Nov ’10 

Imprint 2010: East Ayrshire Book Festival, 10th November.

Reading and discussion featured Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich/The Two Sides of the Pass.


May ’10

Kildonan Church, Sutherland, was the venue for a poetry event organised by the Friends of Kildonan Church and Timespan.


February & March 2010

Poetry podcast from the Scottish Poetry Library. Maoilios Caimbeul and I talked to Ryan Van Winkle about poetry, landscape and community. Also, the poem 'Skye' from Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich/The Two Sides of the Pass was selected for Best of Scottish Poems 2009. Launch event in March at the Aye Write! festival.






































November 09

StAnza’s one-day Virtual Poetry Festival: streaming began on the 14 November. Places that took part included Berlin, Amsterdam, Ghent, Skye, Tbilisi, California and Rochester in New York State. The venue for Skye was the Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.


September 09

Launch and readings at the Royal Scottish Academy of Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich/The Two Sides of the Pass. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Research 2009: RSA Awards in Focus, 26th September – 18th October 2009. Also appeared at the Merchant City Festival Writing and Literature Conference, organised by One Magazine, at the Fressh Cafe, Glasgow and at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.


August 09 

Session event at the Belladrum Festival on 8th August at the Hi-Arts Read Bed tent.


February & March 09

Two Ravens Press publishes The Two Sides of the Pass/Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich. The poems in the book are a record of the conversations Maoilios Caimbeul/Myles Campbell and I have had about the places we live in, our different backgrounds and the role that the pass has in our lives; it is real pass too, on the Trotternish of the Isle of Skye. Maoilios translated my poems into Gaelic. The book has a number of pencil drawings in it by Eòghann MacColla which adds a unique visual element and level of interpretation to the poems and the places they talk about.



Two Sides of the Pass. The road by the Quiraing, Trotternish, Isle of Skye Part of the Trotternish Ridge

Two Sides of the Pass. The road by the Quiraing, Trotternish, Isle of Skye.