In 2004 I established Colon : Press and published my first collection of poetry, Reclamation Marks.  You can buy Reclamation Marks by going to Shop.

The collection received a four star review in The List that October, Camilia Pia writing, "His debut collection of poetry is all about going to hell and back, with the positive theme of reclaiming the right to make your own choices running right through this simple yet effective work.  The writer's light and playful style ensures that we are never dragged too far into heavy territory, keeping many of his darkest outpourings short, and balancing powerful pieces about serious issues...with joyous anecdotes about everyday life, comic one-liners and the occasional simple yet stunning love poem.  True catharsis, in literary form"

After the release of this collection, I started work on new material, and then got drawn into the performance poetry and poetry slam scene in Edinburgh.  I won the Big Word Slam in Edinburgh in March 2006, was on the winning team (Scotland) at the Three Nations Slam at the Bristol Old Vic in September 2006 (with Jenny Lindsay, Bram Gieben, and Milton Balgoni) and was the Scottish Poetry Slam Champion after winning the inaugural Slam Championships in March 2008 as part of the Aye Write festival.  You can read a review of it here:

Whilst continuing to develop new work and perform at venues across central Scotland, I was compiling a new collection under the working title "Everyday Things".  Then an idea got under my skin that I couldn't shake, which was to release the collection as sleevenotes to be read whilst listening to an album of instrumental music.  I formed a band, 56n, with my partner, Derek, and we began composing and writing.  Everyday Things became "Sleevenotes".

Delays and actual life delayed the release of this work, which we were quite pleased about.  It allowed the piece to mature and its identity strengthened.  Poems were matched with particular tracks, and we experimented with the idea of "remixing" the music by reading a different poem to it.  It isn't an exact science, but we both felt that it helped to draw out both sympathetic and contrasting themes between the words and the music.

Some of the work from the original "Everyday Things" manuscript, including pieces often performed at slams, didn't make the Sleevenotes cut, so material remains which may well find it's way into a different poetry collection.

Sleevenotes, by 56n, was released on 24th February 2014.

After the release of Sleevenotes and two public performances of poems set to music from the album (at the Stanza poetry festival and at an evening performance at the National Library of Scotland) I spent a year developing a new work as part of my professional life as a librarian at the National Library of Scotland.  This work became The Joy of Spines - a celebration of the Library's legal deposit collection.  It has been performed over twenty times since at numerous venues, enjoyed by over 1,500 people to date.  It ran for a week in the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received two 4-star reviews.

The 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius brought me back to poetry, and I began work on a collection of poems in response to Sibelius' major works.  This resulted in a new collection called Sfaari (the Finnish word for sphere).  It was published on 21st June 2018.