Over the Easter break I went on an extraordinary trip north to Aberdeen where my dad was born. I had a collection of photographs that he had taken as a young father when I was small and went in search of some of the locations. I had not been back there in 30 years so the whole experience was an emotional roller coaster. I did fall in love with the city, the sound of people talking, it’s granite buildings, the way you can leave so quickly and head for the mountains.
I am reading at Lumb Bank tonight (17th May) as part of a writing course. This is the first time i have been a guest reader for Arvon and the house is one of my favourite places on the planet. Although it is tucked into the hillside, I am sure I am not the first writer to comment on the quality of light in the building. It feels as if the greenness of the woods colours the space inside.
Some of my poems are being broadcast on Leeds FM this summer and I will post up details as part of Peter Spafford’s ‘Writing On Air’ project. I am also being interviewed about my book and work in education on the 14th June.
Further details to follow.