This photo shows something you don't see often: me reading off the page. When performing sections of my novels, I recite from memory, but I don't have much of my poetry memorised. Last Friday I did a poetry reading at Tell It Slant, Scotland's only bookshop devoted entirely to poetry, which now has my collections Traffic and Murder and Love and Rain.
I was one of a dozen poets on the bill, and I was impressed by the quality and diversity of what I heard. It was busy, with a warm ambiance, even though it was a freezing night.
The photo was taken by the organiser, Glasgow poet Carla Woodburn.
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