David Pollock on the Village Pub Theatre

‘It’s a rough and ready chance to enjoy work for what it is’ Published on Thursday 20 September 2012 03:48 David Pollock on the rise of village pub theatre. “It’s easy to moan about money,” says playwright James Ley, “but it’s important to have a ‘nothing comes from nothing’ attitude too.” To this end heContinue reading “David Pollock on the Village Pub Theatre”

Independent Readings

I’m delighted to be reading at two events this week, both themed for the 4th of July. One is 10RED at the Persevere in Leith on Wednesday night, where I’m honoured to be reading Whitman, and one at the new Looking Glass Books on Friday night, where I’ll be reading my own poems about America,Continue reading “Independent Readings”

JL Williams reading at The Village Pub Theatre

I will be reading a short piece called CIRC tomorrow night (Thursday 14 June) at 8pm at The Village Pub in Leith as part of James Ley’s wonderful new project called ‘The Village Pub Theatre‘.  We enjoyed a marvellous reading of Colin Bell’s play Best Kept Small Town last night, and tonight there is workContinue reading “JL Williams reading at The Village Pub Theatre”

Best Scottish Poems 2011

Special Note: This poem will be featured on the front page of the Scottish Poetry Library website on 7th of June… Have a read that day if you wish. This year’s Scottish Poetry Library Anthology Best Scottish Poems 2011, edited by the marvellous Roddy Lumsden, is now out. I feel so privileged to have aContinue reading “Best Scottish Poems 2011”

JL Williams – Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library

I’m finishing up at the Traverse tomorrow, and will start as Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library on the 1st of May.  I hope to put on many events appealing to all those who love poetry, and even to those who don’t (yet)!  It would be lovely to see you there soon.  Please doContinue reading “JL Williams – Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library”

Vile He is, Vile He is Not

The very not-vile Mr Gareth K Vile not only recently hosted Opul on his wonderful radio show on The Vile Arts Radio Hour on subcity, but also wrote this very nice post on his blog about my work and an upcoming event: The Vile Blog. Ode to Daffodils Gold stars with tit-shaped mouths, you gurgleContinue reading “Vile He is, Vile He is Not”

StAnza 2012 – Alastair Cook’s Filmpoems

I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to read my poem with Luca Nasciuti‘s live electroacoustics as part of Alastair Cook‘s Filmpoem event on March 16th at this year’s StAnza Festival. Hope to see you there if you can make it.  We recently did a trial run of this at Alastair’s wonderful opening atContinue reading “StAnza 2012 – Alastair Cook’s Filmpoems”

Poetry @ the Ivory Reading for International Women’s Day

I’ve been asked to be one of the readers at Poetry at the Ivory’s special International Women’s Day event on the 14th of March, all details here: Poetry @ The Ivory 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Ivory Hotel, Shawlands, Glasgow. I think the bill is going to be fabulous, and it should be a reallyContinue reading “Poetry @ the Ivory Reading for International Women’s Day”

From Glasgow to Saturn Reading Party 1st March

I’ve been asked to be one of the readers at the upcoming From Glasgow to Saturn reading party at the Anatomy Museum at the University of Glasgow on the 1st of March from 6pm-8pm.  I believe it’s free and open to anyone who wants to come along.  I believe Alan Bissett is reading, not sureContinue reading “From Glasgow to Saturn Reading Party 1st March”


I was recently commissioned to be one of the writers for the City of Literature and (G)Host City enLIGHTen project, celebrating Edinburgh’s literary history in a dazzling display of light. You can read more about it in this article in the Scotsman: Edinburgh’s New Town to celebrate literary history