A 'Proper' Academic

I’m aware that I’ve been very dilatory about posting new blogs here at CopyCats but I’ve haven’t been completely idle – most recently I’ve spent a spell of time in Glasgow and Edinburgh researching a book I am editing. This book…

The Second-Hand Bookshops of Edinburgh

The second instalment of our exploration of Scottish cities' second-hand bookshops and charity shops looks at Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the city where I cut my teeth as a book collector and began seeking books in earnest – it’s the site of…

The Second-Hand Bookshops of Glasgow

The CopyCats have been spending lots of time in second-hand bookshops, and have come up with their own guide to the bookshops of the places we have visited. For the first instalment of this review / guide, I should perhaps explain why I’m…

Poetry for the page, poetry for performance

Writers write so that readers can read. That’s a quotation above from the film Finding Forrester (2000). In the film Sean Connery plays a very gruff reclusive author (with more than a suggestion of J. D. Salinger) who is slowly brought…

'Poetic'

  Today’s blog will be shorter than usual because the CopyCats are very busy at the moment with various things including some temporary work on newspaper archiving for the PoezieCentrum in Ghent. It was here that I overheard one of…

Alex Neish, Sydney Goodsir Smith and 'Sidewalk'

  I’ve been pondering recently about what to write a blog on and then yesterday, three things related to the Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith (1915-1975) happened. Firstly, I sent off a book proposal for an edited collection of essays…

Paws for Thought: Ex-libris, on books

For this blog I’ve decided to have a ‘show and tell’ look at book collecting. I’ve already written about this strange condition elsewhere but here I just want to show you a few books from my library. There are three kinds of book in…

A New 'Paws for Thought': On Writing Rituals and Living in a Different Country

  Since I’ve been doing lots of small and diverse jobs recently, and not much relating to poetry (except a couple of reviews of new collections) I thought it might be nice to return to one of my favourite subjects. This time I want…

Editing poetry collections

Although we deal with all sorts of texts at CopyCats, my favourite is poetry and poetry manuscripts. I read, write, write about and review poetry on a daily basis and I’ve taught poetry both academically and creatively in the past. But it…

Odds and ends

I suppose I’ll draw a veil over the obvious events in America and retreat into my own little myopic literary world. What I’ve been working on recently is the final line-up and order of poems for my next pamphlet collection, due out from…