Tim Turnbull

Tim Turnbull has been performing his poetry at home and abroad for over 25 years, beginning in the slam scene of the 1990s. His first full collection, Stranded in Sub-Atomica, was published by Donut Press in 2005. His latest was Avanti! from Red Squirrel Press in 2018. He has created stage shows incorporating poetry, music and animated visuals, toured with slam teams, published in numerous anthologies and magazines, and written supernatural fiction, available from Postbox Press. He also paints and his first exhibition of Perthshire landscapes was on show in 2018.


Photo: Shiona McArthur


Border Crossings »

Reading: Shehzar Doja, Tim Turnbull

Thu 5 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street


Tay: Autumn

The sluggardly Tay can hardly be bothered,
rolling in umbers: burnt by the far bank,
raw in the shallows. Desultory fish slop
out in the black pools. Fishermen colonise
half of the river, and waders are optional,
the water’s so low. There are bales in the
cornfields, potato tops cut and awaiting
an influx of cheap Euro-labour to sort them
and stone them and send them to Tesco.
Away in the distance the Cairngorms are
blue, and the stones on the riverbed slick
with green weed. The water’s recession
exposes the boulders and channels that
govern the currents. Pebbles in reds and greys
speckle the bank edge. Why aren’t you
thinking about words. I am looking out
at things.

Tim Turnbull

From Avanti! (Red Squirrel, 2018)