Richie McCaffery

Richie McCaffery lives in Ghent, Belgium, with his Flemish wife. He hails from Warkworth, Northumberland and has a PhD in Scottish literature from the University of Glasgow where he was a Carnegie scholar. He writes, writes about and reviews poetry. His first pamphlet collection was Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and his second was Ballast Flint. His first book-length collection was Cairn from Nine Arches Press. His second full collection is due from Nine Arches Press in 2018.

Photo: Gerry Cambridge


Lines on a Map »

A digital installation of commissioned poems responding to old maps

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer


Postcard from Ostend

Even after the bombers flew over,
levelling the city,
pre-War postcards were sold
of happy children and flowerbeds.

Like people, photographs for postcards
came in generations.
Copies copied from copies
with gradual loss of definition.

Ostend today proves something
can be fundamentally changed
and still hold onto the same old name.

I worry when you visit me here
you might find someone else
answering to mine.


Richie McCaffery

First published in The North (Issue 57)