What is (the) Edinburgh Drift?

Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you find something to enjoy here and perhaps even to spark your interest to explore further.


Edinburgh Drift is an attempt to distill my thoughts and feelings about Edinburgh and the surrounding area; to create a poetry of the commonplace and of the common place; and, in doing so, to draw out the uncommon, the hidden, the forgotten, the numinous.

I’m hoping to find—and to bring out in the writing, photographs and field recordings here—an overlay of the dream on our mundane geographies. This is my own Debordian Théorie de la dérêve—a theory of the driftdream: not sleep-walking, but oneiric-walking, as awake as is necessary to see beyond the curtain.


Although I originally hale from the opposite side of the country, Edinburgh has been my home for more than 20 years. I’m still uncovering its secrets even now.


I’m on Twitter as @EdinDrift, where I post more frequently than the main pieces here, and you can also get in touch with me by email using the address edinburghdrift (at) gmail (dot) com – I’d love to hear from you.


All text and photographs on this site are copyright Edinburgh Drift unless otherwise stated. Excerpts from other works are quoted on a fair usage basis – if you think I shouldn’t be using something please just drop me a line.


Similarly, if you’d like to use any of the text or photographs contained herein please just ask me. I’ll very likely say yes.