He was born in England, raised in Worcestershire, lived in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Scotland: '...where the best footballers leave and the best poets stay. It is good to be near them'.
He has many children and grandchildren.
He writes mostly about intimate human relationships, wildlife and occasionally politics. 'Perhaps they are all one.'
His poem 'My Father's Hand' was selected by Janice Galloway as one of the 20 best scottish poems of 2006 on behalf of the Scottish Poetry Library.
He is the Makar (Laureate) for: www.scottishreview.net -publishing one poem per month.