Her latest publication 'Deep Wheel Orcadia', a science-fiction, verse-novel in Orcadian dialect, was released last year.
Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' and his letter to his publisher provided inspiration for her poem, 'Why do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Why is not all nature in confusion?'.
‘I find poems very insistent: it's less of a question of being inspired and more about having something urgent I have to work through until I'm done. But I'm not sitting around waiting for the sound to hit me: I practice, I work at being open to the sounds that are already in the world waiting to be listened to.’
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