Poetry

I live and sometimes write in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. I am a sometimes a poet, writer and yoga teacher. My parents were mountaineers and I spent a good deal of time in the mountains as a child. As an adult I sought out wild places, even in cities. I am passionate about the healing power of the elements and nature. My collection In the Moon’s Pantry was published by diehard Press in 2004; my pamphlet sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees was joint runner-up for the 2009 Callum Macdonald Poetry Award.

Poems were included in the Stanza 2018 exhibition: each breath, a page | each page, a breath Selected artists’ books and installations by Julie Johnstone in partnership with St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Essence Press.

I did a reading for Stanza Poetry Festival, in the garden of the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum in July 2021.

My poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies over the years, including: Arthur’s Seat: Exploring Place (Scottish Natural Heritage, Holyrood Park Rangers Service and Out of the Blue Trust, 2002), turning toward living (morning star, platform projects, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004), the heart as origami (Rising Fire Press, 2005), the stream: a series of poems appeared in A Garland island issue number 10, Dysart Haibun appeared in Writing Place published by Lapidus Scotland 2015.

My work has also been broadcast on BBC radio, set to music and film.