Published

Sian keeps reminding that I need to make more clear [a priori set out] the context of my thoughts! This film is based on the first Edinburgh home of Allan … Continue reading Published

We are the Change-Makers

Last Friday, I was invited to be part of a poetry evening with a wide range of poets. All the poems read were from the recently published anthology ‘We are … Continue reading We are the Change-Makers

“rock that is older than thought”

In today’s Herald, Rab McNeill shares the wonder of reading previously unpublished poems by Nan Shepherd and how this inspired him to add a line from one of these poems … Continue reading “rock that is older than thought”

not H E R E

A social maverick, maybe, but a timid one at that – Peter is not H E R E. A gentle gardener, part time Little Spartan – Peter is not H … Continue reading not H E R E

Unable

I was once a doctor. Patients trusted me. I could not ‘bullshit’ I got things wrong, made mistakes, and struggled with authority – I was unable to play the role.

travelling North

travelling North – the old road North has been bypassed, and the new road is a series of roundabouts. [a tear in my eye] travelling North – thoughts skipped without … Continue reading travelling North

The world makes equal of us all

Poets [Little Spartans or otherwise] need not follow rules. The philosopher [following nobody] was heckled by specialists for asking everyday questions. The world makes equals of us all. As time … Continue reading The world makes equal of us all

Scottish women writers who showed me the way

I have just ordered this book. I am so looking forward to reading it: Some of the women writers who have shown me the way, include: Kathleen Jamie [click on … Continue reading Scottish women writers who showed me the way

How is he, that gentle gardener?

   

To write in the dialect of his country

This film was shot at Gilbertfield castle, near Cambuslang. William Hamilton of Gilbertfield (c. 1665-1751) was a friend and correspondent of the poet Allan Ramsay. It was Hamilton who encouraged … Continue reading To write in the dialect of his country

Epitome of current medical literature

This film takes as its title the opening section of the British Medical Journal of the last century. The idea behind this film is to question what may be considered … Continue reading Epitome of current medical literature