Leonard Cohen’s The Flame

A problem with being seductive is that you are likely to be indulged. Nice problem to have! But for the serious writer – the kind who writes for God, or the Muse, or even posterity – indulgence is the opposite of what’s needed. This beautifully produced book, containing the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s last four albums, poems new and old, …

Roddy Frame – Overdosed on Keats

I never liked having to waste space on a book cover defining where I grew up – formulations such as ‘the Scottish new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow’ seemed so cumbersome. So, I have settled on the literally true ‘born in Glasgow’, as that was where the nuns of St Francis Maternity did indeed deliver me, in the vicinity …

Finally, Poems

Rothesay: so much to answer for. Less than a fortnight before my 50th birthday, my first book of poems – The Bright Tethers – has been published. About time? Well, I’ve only been writing the stuff since I was 12 (the first real one was written in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, during either the October break in the …