Looking For Lockerbie Book Launch

March 2, 2009


I’ll be appearing at the the book launch for “Looking For Lockerbie“. I co-wrote some of the book along with Melissa Chessher and Lawrence Mason Jr who will also be on hand to read bits and to discuss the project. Also, there will be complimentary wine.

Word Power: 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

Friday March 6th, 7:00pm

Through stunning photographs and personal vignettes, Looking for Lockerbie introduces to the world some of Lockerbie’s most engaging personalities, events, and places: its last milk delivery man, its boy racers, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, and many of the castles, ancient stone sites, and Roman landmarks that make this borderland town historically significant. The book celebrates the connection between a Scottish town and an American university, forged from the grief and sorrow arising from a single horrific air disaster.


Lawrence Mason Jr. is professor of visual and interactive communications in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Lawrence Mason Jr.’s photographs have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and U.S. News and World Report.


Associate professor Melissa Chessher is a freelance writer and former magazine editor. She serves as chairperson of the Magazine Department and director of the graduate program in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Ryan Van Winkle is the Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries.


Check out the short intro video, or read up on Looking for Lockerbie on the Daily Record and The Independent websites.

Looking For Lockerbie – New Book Out Now

January 20, 2009

Looking For Lockerbie


A few years ago I worked on a book with Syracuse University professors Lawrence Mason Jr. and Melissa Chessher along with other student writers and photographers (I was not a student at the time, merely living in Scotland and an alumni of SU). The book we created, “Looking for Lockerbie,” is a photographic and textual attempt to  understand the village most remember as the place where Pan Am 103 crashed on Dec. 21, 1988. I covered what I figured would be the heart of  any Scottish town — the pubs, quiz nights, a local chippy and hill-walking. There is a lot of heart though, in a lot of other places and, to me, the book is a portrait of a  place  at a specific time, just after 9/11, caught between expectations, memories and moving-on (but I wouldn’t call it “moving-on” I’d call it “living.”) Aside from living part-time in Lockerbie one bonus of the project was getting the chance to work with  great photographers including my friends Tom Mason and Barbara Salisbury Quesada. Along with my work there is a great piece on the phenomenon of “boy-racers” by Magin LaSov Gregg. Melissa Chessher, who wrote and edited much of the text, is a beautifully empathetic writer whose work is always arresting and filled with a fine prose that shows depth and insight. You can buy the book here.

The Independent published a short review of the book. Have a little peek: Pick of the Picture Books: Looking for Lockerbie