In 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Cultural Commission from LGBT Youth Scotland to write a book of poems retelling traditional Scottish stories from an LGBT+ perspective. The book is being published by The Emma Press at the end of February 2019.

From The Emma Press website: “Wain is a collection of LGBT themed poetry for teens based on retellings of Scottish myths. The collection contains stories about kelpies, selkies, and the Loch Ness Monster, alongside perhaps lesser-known mythical people and creatures, such as wulvers, Ghillie Dhu, and the Cat Sìth. These poems immerse readers in an enriching, diverse and enchanting vision of contemporary life.

The poems in this collection are fun, surprising, and full of a magical mix of myth and contemporary LGBT themes – it is a perfect read for teens who are learning more about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Wain is fully illustrated, in colour, and suitable for readers of all ages.”

You can buy a copy of Wain, or donate a copy to a school, here.

Sample poems from Wain: