Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The monthly Poetry Roundabout has gone into cyberspace during the  C17 lockdown. You can read the latest number on the website of the Stirling Smith A...

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Poetry Roundabout meets on the first Friday of the month at 10.45 a.m in The Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling Scotland. Everyone is welcom...

Monday, May 7, 2018

The first volume of a bilingual edition of Alexander Pushkin's poetry  has now been published - in Russian and English - in the Alma Classics series.....

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This is 'Thought for the Day' - my latest contribution to BBC Radio Scotland

Good morning. I’ve got a soft spot for the great city of Dundee, and for g...

Friday, April 22, 2016


This is ‘Thought for the Day’, broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on April 19th,2016


When I was eight years old, a large Roman villa was discovered clos...

Friday, February 19, 2016


This is THOUGHT FOR THE DAY , broadcast on 'Good Morning Scotland', [BBC Radio Scotland, on 19 January 2016


When I was a small boy I enjoyed reading...

Monday, February 8, 2016


Hope is an unexpected letter.

"Hey, we love you. Please get better."


Hope is a voice from long ago

Ringing up to say "Hello".


Hope is a young and puzzl...

Monday, February 8, 2016


Try this one if you want to interest children (or grownups) in the music of words 


Dong - ding - ding dong

(Sounding words can sing a s...

Monday, February 1, 2016


(While working for The Salvation Army in West London, I was often invited to collect 'jumble'. While some people simply wanted...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Broadcast on ‘Good Morning Scotland'- January 19th, 2016


When I was a small boy I enjoyed reading a book called ‘Through Space and Time’ by Sir James...

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