I’m a poet, novelist, workshop facilitator, and Lead Reader with Open Book. Over the past decade, I’ve taught Creative Writing in public workshop settings, schools, universities and prisons, and continue to perform my poetry at venues across the UK.
My first collection, Bird-Woman, was published by Shearsman in 2016. In 2017, Bird-Woman was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prize, and won the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year. My second collection, Horse-Man, came out with Shearsman in September 2019.
I worked for a number of years as Poetry Editor for Dark Mountain, where I devised and lead-edited Uncivilsed Poetics in 2016. My work has been commended in various competitions, publications and prizes, including the Wigtown Poetry Competition, the Forward Book of Poetry and the Bridport Prize, and in 2014 was selected for a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award.
My first chapbook, Stone, illustrated by visual artist, Mat Osmond, came out in March 2016 with Atlantic Press. ‘Stone’ is a long, narrative poem for two voices. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Scottish charity, Trees for Life.
I’ve a PhD in Creative Writing (ecological poetry) from the University of Glasgow. My writing preoccupations are with ‘nature’ (birds and horses feature in almost all my poems) and spirituality; in particular, what does it mean to be human during an era of unprecedented ecological, social and economic crises?
I’m particularly interested in embodied practice: how breath, movement and voice inform and engage both writer and audience. I’ve been exploring this since 2013 with Kath Burlinson, Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier.
I facilitate workshops in Embodied Poetry in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and twice yearly residentials on the Isle of Lismore. See ‘workshops’ tab for more details.
Ears buzzing from just listening to the most amazing poem/performance/sound piece by Em Strang.
Colin Herd, Poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Glasgow University
In 2018, I began work on a novella, QUINN, which explores incarceration, gender dynamics and radical forgiveness. QUINN was shortlisted for the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize. I’m currently seeking a publisher for QUINN, and am working on a second novella about redemptive death.