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Collected writing, including Bright Floodplain Lights,

a personal exploration of sacred sites and psychogeography on the floodplain of the River Forth

September 15, 2015

I was looking at flats to rent and I saw a listing on the site for a shop, the one up past your house near the Bellsdyke Road. It said it was £700 a month to rent and it had a turnover of £6700. I started imagining it like that film ‘My Beautiful Launderette’, though I...

August 11, 2015

I was the last to leave the dorm, as far as I knew. I turned off the blinking lights on the little Christmas tree; I’d felt that I disliked the other people in the dorm until I came back from the day’s classes and saw that tree there and then I’d felt a bit sorry.


August 7, 2015

In three billion years the sun will expend its hydrogen and eight minutes later all life on Earth, such as it may be, will end forever. The sun will go through other transformations, first grinding the Earth into dust before expanding and swallowing the debris. Eventua...

August 7, 2015



Now their forty years are spent at last the rotten tower blocks are being torn down, they leave squared off ditches and pits and the fields lie fallow for years till they’re built on again or instead just lie empty forever. Leaving the town and heading down the ancie...

August 6, 2015


During the 1960s, in a fit of madness that has only been displayed by the most detached dictators the soviet of Glasgow city council decided that they would destroy every building in Glasgow and replace them with an entire city of functionally identical tower blocks (...

August 2, 2015

Along the canal, three miles from town and three miles from the house grows the oldest and largest oak tree that can be found anywhere amongst the fields or forests for a long way around. If you sit amongst the roots on the south west side you have found the only place...

Up among the earthworks my breath grew ragged. I stumbled amongst the dry straw tussocks growing over the dolmens, heaped stones overgrown with grass; more years beneath them than green shoots over them. The sea air came hard into my lungs strewn with the scents of the...

August 1, 2015

In the spring and autumn, all across the country, there are inexplicable and horrific outbursts of horse mutilation. It is rare that anyone is caught or observed committing the acts, the attacks often follow a pattern, and the pattern has been observed for a very long...

July 28, 2015

There continue to be many UFO sightings in Bonnybridge, about 300 a year apparently and some go back earlier than the beginning of the ‘flap’. Local believer Craig Malcolm, 37, claims hundreds of sightings since 1991, and has hours of video footage that he believes pro...

July 28, 2015

The most enduring fact about the village of Bonnybridge is that it became known in the 90s as the UFO capitol of, variously, Britain, Europe or the world depending on how much it was being built up. I was young enough when it began that it didn’t seem stranger than any...

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