forthcoming events

My latest book A Trick of the Light – poems from Iona collects together between two covers the many poems I’ve written in my 18 years of leading annual retreats on the sacred Isle of Iona, and one or two from visits prior to that.

I’m really excited about this collection, as Iona is very close to my heart. You can read reviews and order the book on the above link.



The ISLANDS OF THE HEART retreats on the beautiful Isle of Iona: I’ve added a new week for September 2019.


New for 2018 is In Harvest Time, a September week in Cornwall (3rd–7th) writing from life, and writing about nature.

Also on offer is a rare opportunity to work with me on progressing your novel.
Novelists’ Bootcamp will run from 5th – 10th November, once again in Cornwall.

Boswedden House, the venue for both these courses, is just a few miles from Penzance railway station, served by mainline trains from Paddington and elsewhere.


More soon. Meantime, check out the Calendar and the Courses pages.