Poetry collection: Lipstick is Always a Plus


The front cover of my debut poetry pamphlet

My debut poetry collection, a pamphlet titled Lipstick is Always a Plus, was published in October 2012 by Stewed Rhubarb Press.

Poems include ‘The Time Lord’s Job Advertisement’ and ‘For Jo, Who Was Dubious’ (both originally published in The Flight of the Turtle: New Writing Scotland 29) and ‘Miracles’ (which received its world premiere at my wedding reception).


The Scottish Review of Books uses phrases like “quirky sense of humour” and “charming ending”.

Poetry Scotland likes the books, though not the dust.

Sphinx Review says that “the poems like lipstick seem to conceal something recognisably universal underneath their surfaces”.


If you’re in Edinburgh, you can pick up a copy in the bookshop of the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge. Stewed Rhubarb often has a table at poetry pamphlet fairs. I’ll also have copies at any event I read at. Or indeed whenever I leave the house. Seriously, stop me on the street and we’ll strike a deal. If you’re short on cash, we can talk other forms of reimbursement; I have swapped copies of my pamphlet for copies of other people’s pamphlet, and for a theatre ticket.

If none of these work for you, email me (writingmostly at gmail.com) and we’ll sort something out.


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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.


CURRENTLY READING: The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.

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