The Kelpies opening – the line moves when you’re not looking

In queue @ the HOME event

as part of the opening of  The Kelpies @ the Helix:

Andy Scott's 30m high sculpture at Grangemouth / Falkirk, beside a motorway...impressive

30m-high sculpture at Falkirk, Scotland, beside a motorway…impressive.. lit from within on opening

– worked with queues of more than 750 per line, and on site over 5,500 per night. Simply gifting a poem to those who were waiting to be let in to the park, to be escorted to the start of their 90-minute stroll through artist’s installations and the light show at the Kelpies. We loved it when the line moved when we weren’t looking, listening had lifted the weight of waiting, surprise sending everyone off to their destination: KELPIE heads straining above a motorway, mountain fierce freedom. 

Poet @ the Commonwealth Games Glasgow!

Q-POETICS is funded by Creative Scotland through the Cultural Programme 2014

Q-POETICS is funded by Creative Scotland through the Cultural Programme 2014


100 DAYS TO GO!!! Q-POETICS is now part of the Cultural Programme 2014 and will work to reduce queue-induced stress at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014. Can’t wait to work with those lining up to pay, purchase or pass at sporting and cultural events. To begin with, as a poet-in-training (flexing the imagination and toning my best attempts), are the video poems I WON (in response to the concept of winning) & CONTRAST II (in response to the fact that there is so rarely a Common Wealth)…Q-free viewing while you wait! ha!

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Time Has Flown…


I find it hard to grasp how we can  be a grain of sand– insignificant, and yet important, at the same time. 
That we are scattered like this in fractional millions but can still get in someone’s eye.
How together, we can bury a whole planet, but apart – we can’t even be seen

(-thought from Plucked of Purpose…live art)

Response from the queue going into venue ‘Sydney Dance 2’ – that time can fly when you are banked up against a building, that in sharing our experience of place we can take ourselves somewhere else. How a word can carry us away, how Time lands wing-tired on our shoulder again after we’ve swept ourselves away, focused on flexing our imagination. Returning to a reality in which the line has shrunk.  Sands or not, we buried Time.

From Grown Up to Grown Up- stick to ducking the barriers while we can? while we are short enough?

The Little Prince inspired scribble from notes of stage play A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere

The Little Prince inspired scribble from notes of stage play A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere

“we came to see inspirational people and we got there before we even got in the door”…

Listen to some queue-bites from the Sydney Writers Festival. This line up was for the Philharmonia, Day 2, the poem was about the line we draw between ages and artforms: from a theatre show, “The Line We Draw”.

“stick to ducking the barriers while we can-
 this line will become a noose
strangling every sense of worth
because there are so many queues on Earth
that the Earth has patterns on it
you can see it from above – “