That Magic Garden

Edinburgh-based photographer Brenda White was commissioned to take photographs of Logan Botanic Garden this August, which included me being #gardenpoet for the Walking With Poets project created by Scottish Poetry Library.

Brenda’s just sent me through these beautiful photos, which bring Logan Garden rushing back, in all its melting sunshine and leafiness.

The Poetry Yurt
The Poetry Yurt
By the Poet Tree
By the Poet Tree
Lovely to watch people stop to read.
Lovely to watch people stop to read.
Being interviewed by BBC TV Scotland.  I thought it was going to be radio.
Being interviewed by BBC TV Scotland. I thought it was going to be radio.

A Small Flock of Reviews

Jean Atkin final coverFront‘Not Lost Since Last Time’ has been gathering some reviews during the summer…

‘The first thing to note about her poems is their specificity.  Whether it is the places of her childhood, or the rough seascapes of the northern isles, they are all recreated with precision and a vivid turn of phrase.  Secondly, there is their brevity; this contributes to their memorability.  Thirdly, there is their historical sense: fact and myth are blended into coherent wholes.  There is a real consistency in this collection.  

For those who like landscape, weather and a sense of the past, this book comes highly recommended.  And her Roncadora Press pamphlets come in delectable editions which could soon become collectors’ items.’
From a review by John Killick in The North

‘These poems are nothing if not about the human spirit, and from that the compulsion to acknowledge positive familial connections to the past, connections which are as strong in the present through family artefacts such as a wooden telescope, a map, photos, even a view of the sea, shared by the widow of a relative as she looked over her husband’s gravestone.

It is, however, the rhythms that give an edgy softness to these poems, complementing meaning and intention.’
From a review by John Murphy in The Lake contemporary poetry webzine

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