Documenting Britain


My Documenting Britain project will document my time spent between two very different locales, engaging with the people, culture and history of these places. I will also be incorporating elements from my own PhD research in this endeavour. This project will primarily feature poetry, though may also include filmmaking from time-to-time – particularly in the field of film portraiture.


Last year I spent the winter in Shetland, where we had an unusually mild, snowless winter. This year I have spent the winter in Edinburgh, where temperatures have so far been too warm for any snow to linger on the pavements. For now, the memory of snow will have to suffice.


and then
we were nowhere;

the plush fields

in a hushed roar,
as though the world

had been tuned
to dead channels –

as though
the whole island

had burned
leaving only a breath

of wind
and white ash.