About me: Originally from Ontario, Canada, I used to work as a lecturer at a university in Nova Scotia. Since leaving academia and moving to Edinburgh I’ve co-authored a non-fiction book about the censorship of literature, Censored: A Literary History of Subversion and Control. In addition to working at the Scottish Poetry Library, I volunteer in Manuscripts and Archives at the NLS.
Contact me about the library’s Saturday services, about circulation and reference services during the week, or about anything else related to the SPL. I’m often the person behind the wheel of firstname.lastname@example.org, and part of my role is to respond to queries or pass them on to whoever can help.
My favourite poetry quote is: ‘Thence a New world to Nature’s laws unknown, / Breaks out refulgent, with a heav’n its own: / Another Cynthia her new journey runs, / And other planets circle other suns. / The forests dance, the rivers upward rise, / Whales sport in woods, and dolphins in the skies; / And last, to give the whole creation grace, / Lo once vast Egg produces human race.’
My favourite poets are, with apologies to the living, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
When not at work I enjoy walking, baking bread, cooking, and playing retro computer games.