Lies, Dreaming #16 – Supermarket Sweep

We are delighted to announce the contributors for our sixteenth podcast, which has as its theme “Supermarket Sweep”.

You can subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

David Ralph Lewis is a Bristol based poet and writer. He is currently working on a book of sci-fi shorts and a blackout poetry collection. He has just released ‘Spare Parts’, a collaborative blackout poetry chapbook which is available through his website:

Nalini Paul is a widely-published poet based in Glasgow. She graduated with a PhD on Jean Rhys and postcolonial subjectivity in 2008 and has since developed her collaborative practice (with actors, musicians, visual artists, archaeologists in Orkney and the RSPB). In 2017 she was a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow in France. Soon after, she was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival and An Lanntair Arts to travel to Lewis and Kolkata as part of the ‘New Passages’ project.

Becky Downing is a Liverpool-based, Actor, Poet & Playwright. She began writing for Theatre in the Rough in 2012 and has since created work for various festivals & projects with the Company including ‘A Concept of Beauty’ for the Liverpool and the Titanic Fest (2012), ‘The Jewellery box’ for the Lusitania Exhibition (2015) and a short audio play, ‘Haunted Sefton’ in 2016. Since then, Becky has been writing Poetry for her website, toured with Want The Moon Theatre Company this year playing ‘Joss’ in ‘Other People’s Teeth’,  and has just written & Performed her one woman show ‘We’ve Been Bette’ at theatre 503, London.

Sean Wai Keung’s debut poetry pamphlet you are mistaken won the inaugural Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 and was named a Poetry School ‘book of the year’. In 2018 he released how to cook, a food-poem pamphlet, with Speculative Books. Find him on twitter @SeanWaiKeung or at

Our next theme will be ‘Tell me something I don’t know’. Check out this blogpost for further details.


Lies, Dreaming #15 – Neighbours

We are delighted to announce the contributors for our fifteenth podcast, which has as its theme “Neighbours”.

You can subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Colin McGuire is a poet and performer from Glasgow based in Edinburgh, who recently  won both the Out:Spoken Award for Poetry-in-Film, with his animation collaboration ‘The Glasgae Boys’, and the Out:Spoken overall Prize for Poetry. He is the author of three collections. His first self-published collection, ‘Riddled with errors’ (Clydesidepress, 2003), and his first chapbook, ‘Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2013), and his first full collection, ‘As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2014). He has just released ‘enhanced doom disclosure’ with Speculative Books.

Edinburgh-based Jay Whittaker’s debut poetry collection, Wristwatch, was published by Cinnamon Press in October 2017.  She writes about transition, resilience, grief, breast cancer, and LGBT+ lives (including her own). Her poems have been widely published and she has performed feature sets at StAnza, Interrobang, Platform Poetry, and Shore Poets.

Catherine Wilson is a poet, writer and performer currently living in Edinburgh. Her work has been commissioned by the National Gallery, TEDx, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. She is one of the main organisers of “Loud Poets”: a collective committed to making poetry accessible to everyone.

Michael McGill is an Edinburgh-based poet who has recently had work published in Rock & Sling, Funhouse Magazine, New Walk, Northwords Now, Obsessed with Pipework, The Haiku Quarterly and Ink, Sweat and Tears.

Twitter: @MMcGill09

Our next theme will be ‘Supermarket Sweep’. Check out this blogpost for further details.

Lies, Dreaming #14 – HORSES

We are delighted to announce the contributors for our fourteenth podcast, which has as its theme “HORSES”.

You can subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Rita Bradd, published since 2007 in print and online anthologies, was short-listed for the Herald/McCash prize with The Herrin Trail, which was made into a Filmpoem by Alastair Cook, included on BBC Scotland’s Culture Studio feature on sculpture The Creel Loaders by Gardner Molloy, who carved an extract into stones, also fully published on interpretation boards beside the sculpture at Dunbar, and appeared in several publications including a SmaBuik by Poems-for- All at StAnza 2016.

In 2015 Rita appeared on BBC 3 as a guest on Ian Macmillan’s The Verb, duetting with Ira Lightman, and was part of Book Week Scotland.

Her debut poetry booklet Salt & Soil was published in 2017 which she toured East Lothian libraries with during Scottish Book Trust’s Book Week Scotland. She regularly appears on local radio with her troupe ‘The Three Craws’, performing her series of scripts in Scots/English. Rita is completing her book on her 2013/2014 voyage with 1864 clipper ship City of Adelaide.

Ian Richardson spends a lot of his time listening to, reading, writing and performing poetry…probably in that order. He still enjoys writing bios in the third person and has given up drinking coffee in favour of  tea. Ian lives on the East Coast of Scotland where he was inspired to write ‘Little Joe from Kokomo.’ after seeing two pairs of horses riding hard along the waters edge.

You can find him here @IanRich10562022

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 5 poetry collections and edited 2 poetry anthologies.

Rachel Tonks Hill always wanted to be either a doctor or writer when she grew up. She now has a PhD and has released three novels and desperately hopes this doesn’t mean she has to grow up. Her latest novel is the sci-fi action adventure, Novis, which is basically Beowulf in space with a cast of badass queer ladies. Tonks is also the co-host of the film discussion podcast Celluloid Scrutiny. She lives in Nottingham with her partner and an insufficient number dogs.



Lies, Dreaming #13 – RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

We are delighted to launch our thirteenth podcast on the theme of “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ian Richardson enjoys writing and performing poetry and is always greatly encouraged when his work is published. His works appear in various anthologies and he has been a contributor to Lies and Dreaming since Podcast #1. He lives on the East coast of Scotland where the biggest thing he has seen rising out of the sea is the morning sun. 

Janette Ayachi (1982- ) is a Scottish-Algerian poet who has been published in over sixty literary journals and anthologies from presses such as Polygon, Freight, Seren, and Salt’s ‘The Best British Poetry of 2015’. She collaborates with artists, has been shortlisted for a few chewable accolades, and has performed her work on the BBC Radio, as well as across the U.K at various events. She has a combined honors degree in Literature and Film from Stirling University and an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She is the author of poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings and A Choir of Ghosts, and a children’s chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola published by Black Wolf Edition press. Her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth music will be published by Pavilion (University of Liverpool) in 2019, and she is currently working on Misdialing The Muses: A Poet’s Memoir.

J.S.Watts is a UK novelist and poet. Her writing appears in publications in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the States and has been broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio. She has published five books: two poetry collections, “Cats and Other Myths” and “ Years Ago You Coloured Me”, plus a multi-award nominated SF poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, all published by Lapwing Publications, and two novels, “A Darker Moon” – dark literary fantasy, and “Witchlight”  – paranormal romance, published in the US and UK by Vagabondage Press. See for further details.

Antonia Seaward is a spoken and written word artist based in the Southside of Glasgow, whose words are as pragmatic as they are poignant with a very human tone. When she is not writing poetry at her kitchen table she is looking after her three young girls.


Our next podcast theme is “HORSES”. Submission criteria can be found here.


Introducing “Lies, Dreaming: Headsets”

We are delighted to introduce a new series of Lies, Dreaming – Headsets.

These will be released every other month, alternately with our regular theme-driven podcasts, and will feature one writer performing a solo pieces or pieces set to an ambient backdrop. They will be available via the Poetry as Fuck podcast and our new Bandcamp page. If you buy it from the latter 75% of the profits will go to the artist.

To kick things off, we’ve got Stefan Mohamed, who featured on our very first podcast about Tim Henman, performing a series of poetry and prose pieces. That will be released at the end of October. Following this in late December we have Calum Rodger with his sequence “Rock Star North”.

These are brilliant. We are SUPER ENTHUSED about them and what we’ve got planned for this project.

We have other writers lined up to follow, but if you have an idea for a Headset please let us know. Send a synopsis and a short bio to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com. These must be 10-30 minute spoken word pieces that we can set to an ambient backdrop. You should also be aware that it may be over a year before they are released.

Producing these first two podcasts has been an immensely satisfying collaboration, so thanks to all our listeners and supporters who allow us to keep providing this platform.


Lies, Dreaming #12 – Postcards from the Future

We are delighted to launch our twelfth podcast on the theme of “Postcards from the Future”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Colin Bramwell is a writer and performer from the Black Isle. His various projects include creating and performing spoken word theatre shows at fringe festivals across Europe, translating the Taiwanese poet Yang Mu, playing piano for Scottish improv wizards Men With Coconuts, and trying to write poems about Milo Yiannopoulos without doing loads of sick burps. He’s the artistic director of Teuchter Company, a group dedicated to making genre-spanning theatre. You can listen to a solo version of his second show, Tiger, here:

Elaine McKay lives in Scotland. She is a graduate of Glasgow University. She has stories included in several anthologies and has flash fiction pieces published in various places online.
She is also the author of the picture book, ‘Grandma’s Face Tells Her Story’ (published by eTreasurespublishing.)

Maria Di Mario is a Scottish writer based in Barcelona. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her creative interests include the natural world and concepts of family. She swims in the sea every day.

Stephen Barnaby was raised by stoats and taught to communicate entirely through fifty snuffly, grunty noises, which he has successfully and randomly rearranged into two pamphlets, Self Loathing Ostrich Tragedy and It was Happy Hour at the Nutty Nun.


Our next podcast theme is “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!”. Submission criteria can be found here.


Lies, Dreaming #11 – Treasure

We are delighted to launch our eleventh podcast, this one on the theme of “Treasure”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Hannah Reber (*1983) is a concept and multimedia artist based in Berlin. She studied physics and philosophy at the University of Kassel and Media Sciences at the University of Mannheim and the Film University HFF in Potsdam-Babelsberg. She describes her experimental work as fundamental research. Fractal geometry and quantum physics are recurring themes in her work.

Eilidh G Clark is a writer and poet living in central Scotland. She has previously published with The Ogilvie, Anti-Heroine Chic, and The Scottish Book Trust. Eilidh is currently on the final stages of her MLitt Creative Writing degree at The University of Stirling.

Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet. Writers who inspire her include Angela Carter, Leonora Carrington, and Ursula Le Guin. Her most recent endeavours include a lyrical essay about her Italian family, a collection of horror surrealist fairy tales, and a fantasy novel about grief. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies, including Crooked HolsterSWAMP Magazine, and Toad Suck Review. She has lived in Austria, the Netherlands, and now lives in Scotland.

Mike Daviot is an Edinburgh born actor and playwright of 34 years professional experience. He has acted in a huge variety of roles north and south of the border, returning to Edinburgh 6 years ago after 20 years of living and working in England.  Favourite parts range from Robert the Bruce to Henry Higgins and from Scarecrow to Leontes. This piece is an extract from his 2016 Fringe hit, Nosferatu’s Shadow, about the life of Max Schreck. He is performing his new solo play – 1917, A Phantasmagoria – at Sweet Venues from the 3rd to the 27th of August.

David Ralph Lewis is a writer of short stories and poetry. He is currently in the process of uprooting his whole life, which is both incredibly stressful and fun in a weird way. His website is at, where he writes weekly blogs about art and politics.


Our next podcast theme is “Postcards from the Future”. Submission criteria can be found here.


Lies, Dreaming #9 – Robots

We are delighted to launch our ninth podcast on the theme of “Robots”. You can stream it now via Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher and Player FM using the links on the right.

Here is a rundown of our contributors:

Ruth Aylett lives in Edinburgh; she teaches and researches university-level computing, thinks another world is possible and that the one we have is due some changes. She was joint author with Beth McDonough of the pamphlet Handfast, published in 2016. One of four authors of the online epic Granite University, she performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe. She has been published by Interpreter’s House, New Writing Scotland, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, Poetry Scotland, Red Squirrel Press, Doire Press and others. For more on her writing see

Sam Small is host of Poetry @ Inn Deep, founding member of The High Flight Fanzine and his first book of poetry ‘Pure Toilet’ will be released on the 26th of May, 2017 in the Old Hair Dressers, Glasgow.

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland with her husband and cats. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies (including LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loving and Being in Love and A Prince Tribute), journals (The Dawntreader, GFT Press Presents: One in Four) and other publications.

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 4 collections of poetry, plus short stories and travel articles. He has edited 2 writing anthologies and is deputy editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a sci-fi magazine. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. He enjoys White Russians and Twiglets.

Our next podcast theme is “One Sentence Only”. Submission criteria can be found here.

Call For Submissions: One Sentence Only

EDIT: We have reopened submissions for this podcast until the end of August.


It is that time again. The time when we want your words. This time, though, we want something different. We want you to send in just one sentence.

Why, you might ask? Because once the submission deadline has passed we are going to arrange as many of the sentences you have sent us into a poem or a story, whatever we can come up with. There is no specific theme for this call for submissions so send us whatever kind of sentence takes your fancy.

Whatever you do send, the podcast will be set to an ambient soundtrack so we ask that the recordings are vocals only. We also ask that you write your sentence in the body of the email so it is easier for us to arrange them.

Recordings can be sent to lies.dreamingpodcast at gmail dot com by the 31st of August.  We’re looking forward to your responses!