Film Project: Space of Doglessness

IMG_20171026_182243Whilst I await funding outcomes on phase two of my Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness project; I’m planning to create a short film that explores a particular aspect that came up numerous times in the course of phase one. That is, the spaces in and around being in the company of a dog.

The short film will aim to be a form of ‘docupoem’ with a mixture of poetics, images and recorded to camera public responses.
I’m interested in the idea of different aspects of the human relationship with dogs in terms of spaces and places, and what this means for human relations (especially across genders in use of spaces).

I am keen to hear what men and women think about the following:

Men specific questions are:

Have you ever thought twice about going to a public space such as a beach or park on your own because you were concerned that there was no obvious purpose/or felt that others have viewed you with suspicion?

If you are a dog owner does having a dog change how you feel/or feel you are perceived in your use of public spaces?

If you are a dog owner/have considered becoming one, how much and in what ways is choice of breed and naming of the dog impacted upon by public perceptions, especially re ideas of masculinity?

Is ownership of dog a safety issue for you at all (ie added protection)?

If you are out walking and come across a lone woman does having a dog with you, or not, change how you feel about this shared passing through a place?

Have you ever deliberately used dog ownership as a means of flirting with/attempting to seduce women?

Questions for both men and women:

Do you feel that ownership of dogs gives permission to be in certain places?

Can you say how dog ownership has changed your engagement with your local environment/people?

Are there places of no access because of your dog – how do you feel about this?

Have you felt judged because of your dog ownership?

What do you think about the idea of dogs as social signifiers?

All responses will be received with respect for confidentiality and anonymity given where desired.

Should you want to record your response as audio or be filmed (where logistically possible) then please say.

Responses can be emailed to

Thanks in advance for all your input and help! If you need more information before responding then feel free to email me to ask.




Poetry translation as collaboration -Poettrio Experiment

It was a really interesting experience to write my first piece thought out in two languages (although only containing a smattering of Spanish).  Working collaboratively on poetry in translation was a really insightful, thought provoking and inspiring process. The resulting piece can be found here:

Lone Women In Flashes of Wilderness

I am delighted to be creating a 30 minute piece, Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness to be performed in Scotland’s darkest place as part of Sanctuary Lab over  the 24 hours from noon 23rd – noon 24th September . The piece will be performed in 3 parts, reflecting changes in shelter, light and temporality and will then be transmitted as a whole in the dark of the forest night.

I will be exploring ideas of what it is to be a woman in the wilderness, in varying degrees of darkness/shelter/observation and aim to create a piece that reflects and incorporates a wide range of womens’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences of how we are in darkness, alone, in the wilderness.

I want to hear your experiences, your fears, your joys, the things that you do to make being anything that you consider to be a lone woman in the wilderness possible.

What do you think of when you think of being wild and free? What is your own personal definition of wilderness, and do you go there?

Do you go running in  the park before work, wander through woods, go hill-walking, do you walk home from the station alone at night, get lost in unknown cities, camp out by a river, swim in the sea, cycle through country lanes, walk the dog on a deserted beach. What do/would you think and feel before and after any of these activities?

What would you like to do but hold back from? What would you like to do but aren’t able to? Tell me how you would feel to be alone in the woods in the dark. Tell me how you make moving in darkness work for you. Do you carry an alarm, a weapon or not give the darkness a second thought. Tell me about the flashes of great you get from being a lone woman in the wilderness or even how you think it would feel.

Where are your wild places alone? Solely in your imagination? On the internet? When you move through a city?

Does technology help or hinder you? Do you feel safer with a mobile phone but worry about no connection? In Scotland in winter we have few daylight hours how do you (wherever you are) stay connected to outside/to nature? Have you ever judged or been judged as women in the dark or in the daylight alone?

How would you map out the flashes of wilderness in your life?

The aim of the piece is to explore the complexities of being a woman in the 21st century and how society, fear and the balance of light and darkness may or may not impact upon our freedom to move through the world with flashes of wilderness.

Your input is essential in creating an informed work of depth and meaning. Any thoughts no matter how small or detailed can be emailed before 31st August, 2017 to: 

All information given will be treated as confidential and no words will be used verbatim. The aim of this call out is to get as broad a range of input on how people think and feel not to incorporate the words.

Thanks in advance for engaging with the project and please do come and hear the result,