‘To Anybody At All’

This powerful poem by Scottish poet Margaret Tait is the next in our series asking ‘what is love?’:

I didn’t want you cosy and neat and limited.

I didn’t want you to be understandable,


I wanted you to be mad and limitless,

Neither bound to me nor bound to anyone else’s or

your own preconceived idea of yourself.

Margaret Tait (b. 1918)


image: Ceramic Bird Pendant by Sarah Coonan

You’ll find Sarah’s beautiful jewellery and home accessories at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife. Opening hours 10am-5.30pm Tuesday – Saturday.


Reasons, by Tom McGrath

Here is the second in our series of Scottish Love Poems, for your delight, in the run up to St Valentine’s Day on 14th February:

Sweet one I love you

for your lovely shape,

for the art you make

in paint and bed and rhyme,

but most because we see

into each other’s hearts,

there to read secrets

and to trust,

and cancel time.

                             Tom McGrath (b.1940)

image: ceramic pot by Tom Gaze.

You can buy Tom Gaze’s beautiful ceramics at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, opening hours 10am-5.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

Craig Gilbert, Novelist and Poet

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative are branching out with the forthcoming Festive Makers Market on 12th December as local fantasy author and poet Craig Gilbert is joining us, showcasing his books of poetry, fantasy novels and poetry prints. His wife Caren Gilbert is also going to be selling her book of poetry. Come along for a chat with Craig and get copies of his books signed. We heard both Craig and Caren reading their work at one of Fife Writes free literary events in the village of Aberdour during the summer of 2015, and we’re delighted to be welcoming them to Inverkeithing Civic Centre on 12th December.



Tom Bishop-de-Main – a colourful life

Artist Tom Bishop-de-Main, born in the East End of London two years before the end of the war. Working from the tender age of 7 on a horse drawn bread cart. Tom has seen a colourful life from market worker, fairground attendant, rag and bone man to the Merchant Navy. (from Tom’s website)

Tom is also a musician, and has dabbled in writing, from children’s books, television and radio scripts to poetry.

A colourful life and a man of many colours, we are delighted to welcome Tom back to Inverkeithing to jam with us at the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market on Saturday 12th September, 11am-4.30pm in Inverkeithing Civic Centre.



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Susan McGill Designs

Susan McGill is a successful Scottish Ceramic artist who creates distinctive black and white pieces and includes words on them from well known Scottish song, poetry and sayings. At the Inverkeithing Arts Initiative Art & Craft Market on Saturday 13th December she will mostly be displaying and selling her product range which takes her unique look and transfers them onto beautiful gifts and homewards.

This range includes: trays, silk scarves, cards, prints & tea towels.

See more images of Susan’s work on her website