Work

2022

ROAD & RAIL

Play, published as a special edition with illustrations by Scottish artist John Johnstone. Available here.

VELELLA VELELLA

Poetry film, made by Steve Smart with original score by Alex South, from RS's poem. Available here.

THE SPRIGS

Poetry, a series of 5 bespoke concrete poems created to accompany new work by artist Kirsty Lorenz, for her exhibition Recipes for a Miracle, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Supported by Creative Scotland and the Centre for Energy Ethics (CEE, University of St Andrews), inaugural Artist in Residence with CEE 2022-2024, to research and write a new collection of poetry (Tapsalteerie 2024). 

2021  

VELELLA VELELLA

Poem, commissioned for Magma Poetry #81 (Anthropocene, Oct 2021) - part of AHRC-funded Poetry, Geology and Environmental Science Collaboration led by Yvonne Reddick (UCLan).

ROUGH CURRENCY  

Poetry. Published by Tapsalteerie. Supported by the RSL Literature Matters Awards 2020. Received 2nd prize in The Art of Energy Awards 2021, Centre for Energy Ethics (University of St Andrews).

NOTES FOR A TRAVELLER

Poetry, visual installation. Published by Souterrain Press. Set of visual poetry oracle cards, commissioned by An Lanntair for the exhibition Kiosk / Buth.

2020

THIS

Digital interactive poetry reading, with Steve Smart. Commissioned by StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival and Book Week Scotland. Finalist in the Brush & Lyre Prize for Multimedia Poetry. 

THE BEGINNERS

Poetry and sound art publication (Souterrain Press), with sound artist Simon Whetham. Words, images and sounds gathered from a series of earthworks in Fife. 

2019

PERIPHERAL VISIONS

A collection of prose and poetry. Commissioned and published by Edge Hill University. Creation of a site-generated performative oracular system of maps, text and images.

 

2018

POETA

Commissioned by Generator Projects (Dundee) and artist Michael Curran to create a perfume and publication in response to Muriel Spark’s life and work; for the exhibition Scottish Lady Tiger.

2017

FOUND TAROT

Installation and publication. Site-generated tarot card images with new writing - made for exhibition with WASPS Dundee at Verdant Works High Mill, Dundee.

FIVE CHARMS FOR THE POTINGAIR

Poetry. Limited edition box-set of poems and essential oil scent-blends referencing medieval alchemy.

2016

POETRY APOTHECARY

2016-2020, a project making new work and delivering participatory workshops; exploring writing, alchemy, scent and sustainability. Archive page coming soon. 

FIVE CHARMS FOR THE POTINGAIR - installation

Poetry. Site-specific installation of poems and perfumery first created for StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival 2016 as Poet-Perfumer in Residence.

THE AIR THAT CARRIES THE WEIGHT

Play. Commissioned by Stellar Quines theatre company, and supported by the Tom McGrath Trust. Performed at the Traverse theatre, Edinburgh. Directed by Muriel Romanes, designed by John Byrne, score by Pippa Murphy.

 

2015

THE WAKEFUL CHAMBER

Play. Commissioned by A Play A Pie and A Pint, Aberdeen Performing Arts and Sound Festival. Directed by Emily Reutlinger, score by Pippa Murphy. Performed at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen and Oran Mor, Glasgow.

 

2014

THE UNMAKING OF MARY SOMERVILLE

Play. Commissioned by Stellar Quines for the Untaught to Shine series - created and performed site-specifically at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

FOR THE BEES

Text for performance with music. Commissioned by Mr McFall's Chamber and Remembered/Imagined. Drawing from the archive of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. Score by Ailie Robertson.

2013                   

RULES OF THE MOON

Text and performance, with sound artist/composer Philip Jeck. Supported by Arts Council England. First performed at The Bluecoat (Liverpool). Also performed at Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre (2017). 

FUN KONG

Poetry. For exhibition with Scottish Poetry Library / Edinburgh Printmakers, The Written Image. Created as a linocut print by Matthew Carey Simos.  

THE TIGER ACT

Poetry. Published by Roncadora Press, artist-made editions by Hugh Bryden.  

UNMAPPED

Poetry. Published by Souterrain Press. With artist Anna King, exhibition of poems and paintingsShown at StAnza Poetry Festival 2013, and the Royal Glasgow Institute for the Fine Arts Kelly Gallery. Supported by Creative Scotland and StAnza.


2012                   

LITTLE FORKS / FORCAN BEAGA

Prose and performances. Published by Souterrain PressCollaborative live literature performances in English and Gaelic at various venues throughout UK, 2012-2014. Supported by Creative Scotland and Gaelic Books Council. 

WHALE SONG

Text and performance. Referencing Liverpool maritime and industrial history, shanties and Broadside ballads. Illustrated by Gill Smith; performance with original songs by Mark Magill (musicians Mark Magill, Annamarie Owens and Rebecca Sharp), animations by Gill Smith, narrated by Cathy Butterworth. Performed at St Bride's Church, Liverpool; and The Bluecoat, Liverpool. 

2011

THE SOLDIER'S REST

Poetry installation with artist Claire Bates, exhibited as part of the Liverpool Independents Biennial.  

THE CLEARING

With sound artist Simon Whetham. Improvised harp with field recordings of dawn chorus birdsong, recorded live.  CD/MP3/WAV released by Gruenrekorder (Gr 077).

FATHOMING: SETTING POETRY TO SILK

A triptych of poems as smocked silk artefacts. With textile artist Eva Fulinova. Shown online and at The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

 

2010                   

THE BALLAD OF JUNIPER DAVY AND SONNY LUMIERE

Poetry. Published by Spike, Liverpool. Commissioned by METAL Liverpool. Site-specific performances of the poems with original score and visual installations, co-devised and created with artist Elizabeth Willow. Supported by METAL Liverpool and Arts Council England.                    

 

2009

THE MYSTERY WORKSHOP

CD recording. Original harp and spoken-word compositions, with cello by Sofie Roberts. 

INTO THE TILT

Spoken-word performance. Commissioned by Chester Performs. 

 

2008

ELIZA AND THE BEAR

Performance, music. Original score for Eleanor Rees's long poem, text performed by Cathy Butterworth, various venues.                                                              

 

2006                   

DANGER: HOLLOW SIDEWALK

Play. Commissioned by the Arches theatre, Glasgow; directed by Neil Doherty.

 

2002                   

LAST CHILD

Play. Performed at HERE Arts Center NYC, dir. Michele Travis. First commissioned by Andy Arnold and performed at the Arches theatre, Glasgow 2001; dir. Neil Doherty.