Saturday, May 15, 2021

'Men with Guns' Shorlisted for Fish Poetry Prize


My poem 'Men with Guns' has been shortlisted for the 2021 Fish Poetry Prize, judged by former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. More info here. The piece is a bit of family folklore, recounting my grandfather's experiences during the Larne Gun Running of 1914.

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Poetry Reading with John Glenday et al at The Bakehouse tonight


I'll be taking part in an online poetry reading this evening, Saturday 6 March 2021, organised by The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet. Star attraction is the estimable and wondrous John Glenday; I will be one of the poets reading in the second half of the evening.

The reading starts at 1930 tonight. More info here.  

Friday, February 05, 2021

Now on Ko-fi


You can now support me by "buying me a coffee" here This is, of course, a euphemism for offering modest financial support. But if you do need to know, I am quite partial to lattes with oat milk; but my real favourite hot drink is a hot white chocolate:-)

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Where in the world is Freewrite?

The folks over at Astrohaus recently ran a competition for people to photograph their Freewrite Traveler. The winning photos were selected for their website. Mine was one of the winning pictures. It's not been a week of peace and quiet, and this image reminds me of what decent writing conditions are like... Anyway, you can see the whole collection of photos, including mine, here.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Ancient Aliens appearance

Here's a still of me in Ancient Aliens, episode "Treasures of the Gods". Although it was first broadcast in 2014, I've only just seen the episode. (I was never sent a copy by the production company, which is unusual.) My next TV programme will be The Secret Story of the Knights Templar, a 3-part miniseries, due out soon, if not out in your territory already. Here's a short trailer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tarkovsky news


Here is a good article on Tarkovsky's Stalker, written at the time of the 4K restoration, released on Blu Ray and DVD by Criterion:

I came across this piece because I couldn't remember who was head of Goskino in the mid-70s - was it Filip Yermash, or Nikolai Sizov? (It was the former; Sizov was head of Mosfilm.) And my reason for this little bit of Ecosia-usage is that we are currently making a documentary about Tarkovsky's The Mirror, which will be released by Criterion later this year. 

I will post more details when we have finished the film, and when a release date has been announced.

Incidentally, there is a new edition of my book Andrei Tarkovsky in the works. This will be published by Kamera Books later in the year as well. The current edition (the second edition of 2011) is out of print, but the ebook version can be found here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

A Voyage to Arcturus and Beyond: David Lindsay's Visionary Imagination 9 December 2020


This year marks the centenary of the publication of the extraordinary metaphysical fantasy novel A Voyage to Arcturus, the first book by the relatively neglected Scottish author David Lindsay (1876-1945). The novel counts Philip Pullman, C. S. Lewis, Alan Moore and Nina Allan among its admirers.

To celebrate the centenary of this extraordinary book, I am helping organise an event that will take place on 9 December via the website of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, on Zoom. This will run from 1300-1800 (UK time), and will feature presentations on not just A Voyage to Arcturus, but also Lindsay's other novels, The Haunted WomanThe Violet AppleDevil's Tor, and The Witch. Composer David Power will talk about writing Lindsay-inspired music, and I will be showing a preview of the film I have made about Lindsay's work. 

Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-like basis. More info and tickets here.

Pictured: the first copy of A Voyage to Arcturus I ever bought, the 1986 Allison & Busby edition. Now starting to fall apart... One of the better cover designs, showing John Brett's The Glacier of Rosenlaui, but it uses the 1963 copyedited text, prepared for the book's first U.S. publication. If you want to get a copy of the book, the new Bookship edition is possibly the most textually accurate. You can get it as a FREE EBOOK, or as a NICE HARDBACK - both available here.