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Getting the Word Out

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Question: What do a shepherd, a banker, a Highland Traveller and a wildlife guide have in common? Answer: they’re all characters in my new book! My big news is that I have got my novel out the door! It was exactly four years, to the day, since I started it at 4am on the 22nd […]

Book Festivals

Sci Fi & Other Stories

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City of Literature I made my annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival twice this year. The first trip was for the AGM of the Society of Authors in Scotland where I was inducted as Treasurer and then caught for so long in the lunch queue that I missed the talk I’d booked at the Book […]

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Midsummer Musings

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Soul Book At the end of April I had the joy of leading a day on Spiritual Journaling at The Bield of Blackruthven, a retreat centre in Perthshire. ‘Bield’ is an old Scots word meaning ‘shelter’, and this special place at the heart of Scotland is just that, welcoming all who seek time out or […]

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Spring Fling

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Radio Romance My love affair with the radio reached a high point with the recording of my most recent play at the BBC Studios in Glasgow at the end of February. ‘My Life and Other Stories’ is a romantic comedy in which false identities and fictitious ‘memoirs’ wreak havoc. Although the writing process was anything […]

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Year End

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Heartland It’s been a fairly overwhelming time with the refugee crisis, multiple acts of terrorism across the world and a growing – and alarming – military response. It’s easy to feel lost and helpless in the face of it. But while these bigger stories have dominated our screens, my thoughts continue to go to Nepal, […]

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North America!

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Hello from my messy, end-of-holidays desk! The summer has been full on. For the first two weeks of July I had a whirlwind DIY Book Tour for “A House Called Askival” around four cities in north America and it was an amazing time. Here’s the tale: First stop, beautiful Boston, where I enjoyed a couple […]

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Book Tours & Book Crossing

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Hello again! It’s been quite a while and quite a lot happening since my last post. Firstly, I had a fantastic visit to Australia over Christmas and New Year, mainly to visit family but also for some book events. It was a challenge to persuade book shops to take in an unknown and non-local author […]

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The Turning Year

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It’s clear and frosty here in the Highlands of Scotland and the smell of wood smoke lingers in the air.  An exciting time, as Christmas approaches, and a good time to look back and look forward.  Here’s some of my writing news. Turning Leaves Turning Leaves is the Kingussie Book Festival where I was warmly […]

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On the Road and On the Radio

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Radio Rocks! I’ve always loved radio, both as a listener and as a writer contributing stories and plays, but in the last couple of months I’ve also been doing some of the talking.  It kicked off in June with my local station, Speysound Radio, and a lovely, laid-back music-and-chat hour with friend and neighbour, Lewis Thomson. […]

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Launch Week Highlights

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Glasgow 16th June Last week we launched ‘A House Called Askival’ in the elegant bar of the Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield St.  It was a warm night, the place was brimming with bright souls and bon-homie and I loved seeing so many folk there.  Amazingly, we discovered that the beautiful building with it’s red brickwork, arches and decorative tiles was once […]