Y Gododdin is the oldest poem composed on the British Isles. Written c.600 AD by the Brythonic bard, Aneirin, it tells the tale of the three hundred & three nobles who marched from Edinburgh to their colelctive dooms at the Battle of Catraeth. The original is in an archaic form of Welsh, & this is my translation into modern English.
Download - Y_Gododdin.pdf
KING ARTHUR'S BATTLES
There is enough evidence out there to prove that King Arthur existed. He was famous for fighting a number of battles against the Saxons, & this wee book of mine points out their locations. Here's a link to some national press about my theories - www.dailyrecord.co.uk
Download - King_Arthurs_Battles.pdf
To celebrate reaching the half-way mark of my three score & ten, I've assembled my 35 best poems.
Download - 35.pdf
Sonnets From The Silver Rose
This collection of 154 sonnets has taken me twelve years to assemble, & represents the best of my 'little songs.' Together they form a 'grand tour' of Britain, Italy & India. I have chosen the number 154 as this was the number of sonnets that Shakespeare included in his own collection. It is on a level playing field, then, that I submit these to the public.
Download - sonnetsFromTheSilverRose.pdf
The Silver Rose
The Silver Rose the story of my perrenial questings through the beauties of the sonnet form. En route I discovered two of those fabled flowers, which then help'd to fuel me on my adventures.
My latest sonnet sequence is a poetical account of my adventuring around the four corners of India; from Mumbai in the west, Kannayakamari in the south, the Andaman Islands in the east and the Himalayas on the north. It is set during the winter of 2008/2009.
Download - The_Indiad.pdf
An epic sonnet sequence that takes the form of a walk all about Edinburgh
Download - The_Ediniad.pdf
THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE
These sonnets concern a journey through Scotland
Download - The_Thistle_And_the_Rose.pdf
THE RETURN OF THE ROSE
In the last week of November, 1998, the Silver Rose found a second flower upon a journey through England
Download - THE RETURN OF THE ROSE.pdf
A Grand Sequanza of Sonnets concerning the history of the British Empire
Download - IMPERATRIX.pdf
These sonnets were written throughout the year 2004 & describe further travels around Britain
Download - BOHEMIA.pdf
These sonnets describe my journeys through Italy & Malta during the years 2006 & 2007
Download - Italiad.pdf
THE ROSE GOES NORTHThis adventure from the Silver Rose took place in June / July 2009, travelling from Invernes-shire to John O Groats, along the far northern coast of Britain to Durness, & then down to Ullapool, breaking up with his bird & taking a number of pretty photos en route
Download - TheRoseGoesNorth.pdf
Sonnets about William Wallace, Robert the Bruce & the Scottish War of Independence.
Download - The_Scotiad.pdf
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Among the side effects of plucking a silver rose, a poet will find themself with the esoteric ability to speak the language of the flowers
Download - The Language of Flowers.pdf
THE GRAND TOUR
A poem written in Ottava Rima to celebrate the discovery of my first Silver Rose, on the clifftops over Portovenere
Download - The Grand Tour.pdf
A CENTURY OF E-MAILS FROM AN ENGLISH SONNETEER
While pursuing my interest in the sonnet I happened to notice that I was travelling the world. These are the emails that I sent to friends and family along the way...
Download - epic_emails.pdf
Poets dont just write poems, y'know - they like an occasional dabble with the paragraph as well!
My first completed novel tells the story of the Berchtesgaden Cabal, the secret society that rules the world, & its bringing down by a funky gang of hippies.
Download - caball.pdf
A lads guide to pullin' the fairer sex
Download - Gettin' Laid.pdf
In 1994 the Stone Roses were elusively recording their ne album - Second Coming - oblivious to the fact that two young lads had set out to find out what the hell was going on
Download - YOUNG ROSES.pdf
FANNY & MEDUSA
A short story co-written with Glenda Rome
Download - FANNY & MEDUSA.pdf
A series of elucidations on the prophecies of Nostradamus, matching them to actual events in history
Download - Nostradamian Interpretations.pdf
These essays were worked on & completed during my stay on the Sicilian island of Marettimo, winter 2006-07. In them are contained many of my thoughts, theories & contributions concerning the poetic arts.
Download - poeticalessays.pdf
Three essays; Nietzche:the Nazi prophet, The Age of Mars & the Tunguskan fireball
Download - ESSAYS.pdf
An essay describing the nuances of translating an ancient Tamil text
Download - Translating Thirukkural.pdf
AXIS & ALLIES
The world's first global epic, 15,000 lines long, telling the story of War from Troy to Armageddon
Download - axisallies.pdf
No Nay Never
A history of Burnley Football Club, from its industrial origins to the recent championship playoff triumph.
UP THE CLARETS !
Download - no_nay_never.pdf
The Ballad Of Rabbie Burns
Selected duans from my lyrical biography of Scotlands National Bard.
Download - Ballad_Of_Rabbie.pdf
KURAL - Abridged
The Great Treatise on the Art of Living by Thiruvalluvar, translated into modern English
Download - KURAL - Abridged.pdf
The Ballad Of Pendle Hill
The story of the Lancashire Witches in an Ancyent Mariner style.
Download - TheBalladOfPendleHill.pdf
THE MUSICAL LAGOON
This collection is my version of a modern anthology, the short set-pieces that mark the poetry of the modern age.
Download - themusicallagoon.pdf
Three longer poems - the Gospel of Perseus, Pantheon & Bonnie Prince Charlie
Download - Epylliads.pdf
I offer you a fond welcome to my website. Over the past 15 years or so I have dedicated myself to art of writing, especially poetry. As I am now plunging through my thirties I thought it would be prudent to record my work so far.
I hope you enjoy the words.
If you have words for me get in touch:
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Me and mi band, Saraswathi
Tinky Disco Live
A wee montage of performance poetry, from the Wicker Man to the Whittinghame Estate
My bag of dodgy disco gets an impromptu performance in an Edinburgh park
An insight into the workings of Sikh Sanjog, an organistion that empowers the women of the Edinburgh Sikh community
A wee mission to wind up the train conductors of South England
The 'Match of the Day' version of my musical, Alibi. You can get the full version at http://www.damotunes.co.uk/alibi.html
My Musical for Scotland. You can get the full version at http://www.damotunes.co.uk/?page=musicals