is a poet, playwright, freelance editor, and lecturer. In 2000 he
won first prize in the Sunday Herald 'Short Story Competition'
and his short fiction has been widely anthologised. A former steelworker/draughtsman,
Brian performed his steel-working poems as part of the BBC's Ballad
of the Big Ships Live in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall in 2007.
Brian has published six
poetry collections, including, Bunnets and Bowlers (2009)
and The Old Man from Brooklyn (2000) and, for children, Septimus
Pitt and the Grumbleoids (2007). Four of his stage
plays have been performed by Scottish theatre companies. In 2006-2008
he was editor of New Writing Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS).
2011, Brian was visiting professor of creative writing at Seattle
University, Washington D.C., where he taught a narrative poetry class.
His recent collection of 'Labour Poetry', entitled, Clocking
In Clocking Out: poems and photographs on the subject of work
Press) was completed during his time in Seattle.
lectures on creative writing at the City of Glasgow College and is
currently working with Kelvingrove Museum of Glasgow's education department
on his shipbuilding play entitled THREE
NIGHTS AND A SUNDAY which will be rolled out countrywide as
a resource for Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish Schools.
held a writing fellowship at the Yaddo artist colony in New York in
1994, and in 2008 he received a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship
at Chevillon Grez in France. He has taught and performed his work
across Scotland, England, Ireland, Europe and the USA.
a tutor, teacher, facilitator and lecturer Brian has delivered workshops
to varied client groups such as primary & secondary school pupils,
further education students, community groups, senior citizens, mental
health groups, addiction recovery groups, reminiscing groups etc.
He has worked in as such varied venues as schools, colleges, museums,
art galleries, libraries, prisons, WW2 settings and drop-in centres.
WELCOMES COMMISSIONS in all aspects of creative writing.
He specialises in POETRY, FICTION, DRAMA and EDITING. Commissions
can be, for example, one off sessions, or weekly structured courses
to vocational or non-vocational standards. Some of his workshops have
consisted of teenagers writing poems in the sand on the Normandy beaches,
senior citizens writing their memories whilst sitting in tramcars
in Glasgow's Transport Museum, youngsters writing plant poems in Glasgow's
Winter Gardens and Hawaiian students writing dialect pieces in Seattle
has edited literary magazines and anthologies and has wide experience
of reading from his own works both in the uk and abroad.