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The Heart’s Geography

On The Trail of a Bard’s Life

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

In January 2018, I am celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns, with a talk called “The Heart’s Geography, On The trail of a Bard’s Life.”The talk takes a journey through Scotland visiting places that echo with the loves, passions, and struggles of the Scottish bard. It includes some of his poetry and song, quotes and images of the places he visited.

I am giving this talk at 3 locations:

Ballingary, Fife, Tue 23rd Jan, 1 – 3pm for Benarty Heritage Preservation Society, (affiliated to the WEA)

Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Wed 24th Jan, 7 – 8:30pm at Resonate Arts House, N. Castle St, Alloa, FK10 1EU

Cardenden, Fife, Thur 1st Feb, 2 – 4pm at The Corrie Centre for a Women’s Discussion Group, (affiliated to the WEA).

If you wish to book this talk, please contact me.


Pomegranate Reading

On Sunday 23rd October 2016 I took part in the Pomegranate Womens’ Writing Group Reading at the Open Studios Exhibition, St. Margaret’s House 151 London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 6AE.


Alloa Writers’ Group

I really enjoyed your workshop and the way everyone had a go.

Thanks again for a wonderful workshop.

Feedback from my workshop with the Alloa Writers’ Group on 21st of September.


Exploring Fairy Tales


I’m running a series of monthly Discussion and Creative Writing workshops inspired by the fascinating enchanted worlds of Fairy Tales at the Heart Centre, 235 High Street Kirkcaldy.

The next meeting in the Exploring Fairy Tales series, is on Tues 9th February, 2016 6.30 – 8.30pm when we’ll be looking at The Frog Prince.

£6.00 per session which includes a coffee or tea.

To book, telephone the Heart Centre on 01592 328280.


Poetry Map of Scotland

Poetry Map of Scotland

My poem Carstairs Junction is listed on the Poetry Map of Scotland and the full text of the poem is listed on The Stanza Blog.


Reading On The Train

ConversTations reading with Maureen Sangster and Sheena Berry

On 2nd March Sheena Berry and I will be reading narratives and poems from our Circle Line publication as we travel round the Fife Circle with a University of The Third Age group from Edinburgh.

Our reading journey will terminate at the Fife Circle ConverStations exhibition of our posters in the waiting room at Inverkeithing Station.


Circle Line: ConversTations

Maureen Sangster & Sheena Berry gave a talk on their award-winning project and publication at Kirkcaldy Civic Society on Thurs 9 Dec 2014

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Cafe Venue Mini Plays, 2014

Two new plays on the theme of power, Rocking The Boat and See The Tree Shimmering were performed in Robertson’s in Kirkcaldy, part of The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, October 2014.

“This is like the philosophy cafes you get in France,connecting and talking with all sorts of people “ – Audience Member

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Shell Award Winner 2014

My painting Chanticleer and Fox,inspired by Henrysson’s Animal Fables, won a Shell Award at the annual exhibition at Lochgelly Centre.

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Fife Writes, Aberdour 2014

Two of my poems were arranged and performed by the Sairbanes

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Scotrail Award 2013

Michael Portillo with a copy of <em>ConversTations</em>

Michael Portillo with a copy of ConversTations

A collaborative project Circle Line:ConversTations by Maureen Sangster and Sheena Beery, won 2nd place in the Scotrail Community Rail Art Schemes category

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Poems to Music

I’m working with musicians in Fife on a collaborative project on poems as lyrics.