Thank you so much for the wonderful talk you gave to our group. I am delighted to say that there has been really brilliant feedback with many saying how enlightening it was and how well you presented it. (U3A organiser)

I’m now offering illustrated talks based on the poetry walks. This means I can offer events to audiences beyond Edinburgh, and to groups which may have mobility issues.

Poems of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile takes us from Edinburgh Castle down the Royal Mile to the Scottish parliament building and Holyrood Palace, and on towards Arthur’s Seat. Along the way we meet Edinburgh characters including Deacon Brodie, supposedly the inspiration for Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. Stevenson himself appears, as do Dorothy Wordsworth and Victor Hugo. We also pop into the Scottish Poetry Library.

Robert Burns in Edinburgh showcases poems by Burns with links to Edinburgh. ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, written for ‘Clarinda’ (Nancy McLehose), whose grave is in the Canongate Kirkyard. Nearby is the gravestone of poet Robert Fergusson, which Burns commissioned and wrote the epitaph for. There’s also the Burns Memorial on Calton Hill, and Graham Fagen’s neon work reflecting on Burns and the West Indies.

Please get in touch if you’d like more details, or to book a talk.