Editorial, Reading & Mentoring Services

I have a lot of experience of writing, workshopping, editing, and publishing. You can see my books here. I was Poetry Editor at the Glasgow Review of Books for over six years, and co-editor of New Writing Scotland for three. I’ve won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and now (occasionally) sit on their selection panels. I’ve judged and sifted for many competitions including the Wigtown Poetry Prize, the William Soutar Prize, and Poetry By Heart, Scotland. I’ve performed my poetry at Push the Boat Out Poetry Festival, StAnza, The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. I also work as Project Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library; and I’m Clydebuilt Development Officer for St Mungo’s Mirrorball Poetry Network. In short, I wear a lot of caps and I can advise on any number of poetry-related questions!

If you would like a personal and personable reader, editor, and advisor, the following 1-2-1 services are available:

  • Tutorials in person (Edinburgh or Glasgow) or on Zoom. An hour of tutor preparation time, and a one hour meeting, based on a submission of 200 lines of poetry: £175.
  • Tutorials by email. A 1,000 word comment (approx.) on a submission of 200 lines of poetry: £175.
  • Manuscript Assessment. A face-to-face session (Edinburgh or Glasgow), Zoom, or email commentary on a book or pamphlet length submission of no more than 40 x 30 line poems (1,200 lines in total). £500. 

Pricing can be flexible according to needs / ability to pay. Please use the contact me page to get in touch. I look forward to working with you.