I am a writer and an artist based in Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. Alongside my artistic practice, I also work as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner, and have been facilitating Writing For Wellbeing workshops in Aberdeen City and Shire since 2010.
I believe that everyone is creative and that engaging in creative activities greatly enhances our sense of wellbeing. Enabling people to reconnect with their creativity or to explore it more deeply is what I enjoy most about the work I do. My workshops offer you the opportunity to slow down and explore your thoughts and feelings using the technique of Free Writing, also known as Stream of Consciousness Writing. Prompts include poems, artwork and writing outdoors. The sharing of your own story, and witnessing the stories of others, is a key element.
In my own practice, I write poetry using traditional and modern poetic forms about wellbeing – wellbeing found through our connection to nature, each other and our own internal landscape and what happens when our sense of wellbeing is disrupted or broken.
I particularly enjoy combining my love of the written word with visual elements through such poetic forms as Erasure poetry.
I was Writer-In-Residence in The Wild Garden at Woodend Barn, Banchory throughout 2017, leading their wellbeing community project Flourish.
I completed my accreditation as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner with the International Academy of Poetry Therapy in July, 2020. I also accepted an invite to join the Board of the organisation in the same month.
In addition, I am a member of Lapidus, the UK organisation for writing and wellbeing.
I am also passionate about labyrinths and their potential for enabling us to improve our sense of wellbeing through walking and taking time to be mindful of our thoughts and feelings. I also facilitate labyrinth walk events and combined writing and labyrinth walking workshops. I became an Accredited Labyrinth Facilitator with Veriditas, the world-wide labyrinth organisation, in 2013.
My book Tememos 23 collects together poems and photographs from my time as Writer-In-Residence in the Wild Garden at The Barn. I also created a collection of 23 Poetry Postcards pairing my original cyanotype photographs with the 23 found poems I wrote using the 23 words I hung in the garden for the project. Both are available by e-mailing me.
My poems have also appeared in The Elgin Writer’s Anthology, Pushing Out The Boat and Bundles Of Bog Cotton, an anthology of writing from Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. My erasure poem, Body Wishes was Specially Commended in The Elbow Room Prize in 2016.