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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]