July 2016 - G W Colkitto

G W Colkitto

G W Colkitto writes both poetry and prose.  He has had short stories and poetry in magazines and anthologies, and has published two poetry collections and two pamphlets. His Victorian detective series featuring Sebastian Symes and Major Ritson, contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes, published by Endeavour Press, are available on Amazon.  Winner of the Scottish Writers Centre short story competition 2011, their poetry competition2012 and of Siar Sceal Festival Poetry 2014, he is a director of Read Raw Ltd with three fellow writers and is a member of Loch winnoch Writers.

Some of his poetry and prose can be found on www.gwcolkitto.co.uk.


Her Beach Body

His mother is stretching out on the drying sand

pale white against its deep tan

three children and a dog on early morning walk

run over her without thought

footprints blurring the division of sand and dust


he brought her in a plastic bag

camouflage for the urn

tipping contents to make a small scar

stood back, bowed


he thought the sea would bury her ashes

and she would rest here with a view of Arran


the scar stretches with every tide

splits the beach

the breeze stirs tiny waves of sand

which dance and die


GWC June 2015 Moniack