Hi Everyone! I am delighted to announce that after years of trying to figure it out, I’ve finally got my own domain name and am very proud of the work I’ve been able to do this Christmas to update my website :). (A nice Christmas present to myself). If you’d like to continue to hear from me, please visit my new website and fill in your email address on the righthand column.
About a month ago, I read poetry at the Inky Fingers open mic and heard about a project called Poets on a Bus. I wrote a poem about James Young Simpson’s discovery that chloroform could be used for anaesthesia (yes, that happened in Edinburgh). And I got in!
I am one of four poets. My colleagues are J. A. Sutherland, who has been helping me so much recently with Anti-Zine Circus; Andrew Blair, who has managed to work a refrain about Coldplay into one of his poems and Max Scratchmann, whose illustrations are fantastic (he’s selling prints at our launch party this Saturday). Both J. A. and Max are published in Anti-Zine Circus. One of the greatest joys of the project has been discussing my work with fellow writers and publishers. Perfect timing! Reminds me why I use so many of my non-working hours working on personal creativity and publishing others’ work.
Max and I are on the morning tours this coming Thursday at 10am, 11am and noon. Our poems both have humourous elements. Some poems we’ll read when the bus is stopped and others we’ll have to read sitting down while the bus is in motion. Normally it is too cold after 4 November to have actual tour guides on the Edinburgh buses, but our guide Graham is volunteering specifically for this event, which is also part of the Edinburgh History Festival. Me? History? An American gal talking about Edinburgh on a tour bus. I have learned a lot about Queen Charlotte and Scotland’s cannibals (I will publish this poem here soon!).
In addition to all of this, we will be on BBC Radio 4 next Friday on a programme called The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth. We were interviewed outside yesterday (good practice for our upcoming tours) and poem segments from the actual tours will appear on the show. It will air at 14:05 on 22 November for 7 minutes.
I chatted to someone about music the other night and he said, “It just takes so much time.”
So my dear readers, apologies. Not only have I been learning more guitar and songwriting (and playing some open mics to let people know I am releasing an EP), but I’ve been catching up on email like a pro. As a matter of fact, I’m convinced that email is how people get stuff done in this technological age.
Most of my time is going to Event Planning for:
– My EP Launch – You should LISTEN ONLINE
– Planning for our Circus Magazine
I am excited and nervous and feeling like FRUITION is coming on. Doing my best to enjoy this all, especially as I try to keep up with all my other work!
Next week, I go to Krakow to celebrate a dear friend’s wedding. Her reception will be on a ship near the castle. I enjoyed making this invitation to celebrate. The waves are completely hand-drawn, painted and photoshopped by yours truly.
I got published in a stellar new Edinburgh magazine called Far Off Places and they made a podcast about me! They say such nice things. Worth a listen :).
Other than that, I’ve been hard at work on getting my EP ready to print! Exciting times :).
I have been building up instagram with some photos from the US: