‘Writing is my exteriority. I am safer, comforted, when my mind is clear before me on a page to see. Down there on a page is a better place to keep my thoughts than in my own head.’
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‘Whenever anything awful happened somewhere in the world, I would be sent there: fly out Wednesday; file the copy Friday, update it Saturday; home again Sunday. ‘
Valerie Gillies speaks with Doug Johnstone about poetry’s place in Scottish life, her multi-disciplinary practice inspired by studies in 1970s India and ongoing collaborations, and her role as a practitioner in arts-based health work.