Saturday, September 23, 2017

ScotsWrite 2017

This is where I am this weekend, in a posh hotel, with a gazillion other writers, excellent speakers, interesting topics, fine food, a gin tasting and a ceilidh.

Good thing I'm brave, right?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Autumn Colours

Saturday, September 09, 2017

A Website for Walking Mountain

After the success of our Jamie's website design for Silver Skin 

- there was nothing for it but to nag him into doing it again for Walking Mountain. Pop on over and enjoy!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Green Pencil Award 2017 Is Launched!

Friday the 1st of September marked the official launch day of this year's Green Pencil Award.*  Pupils from Abbeyhill Primary School came to the Holyrood Park Education Centre to find out about the annual writing competition and to do some writing with me on this year's theme: "Edinburgh's Natural Heritage".  Here are some of the participants -

Verdict for the day from a pupil - "That was fun!"  My verdict - "What a bunch of good writers!"  A great start to a great competition.

* Open to all P4 - P7 pupils in Edinburgh - you can find out all about it here!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lurgy - Day Three

At first I called it a cold, but since everything aches - back, knees, memories - as well as the usual head, nose, throat, fever, and tasks such as standing up seem complex and only just achievable, I've decided it's flu.  (And the fact that it took me several centuries to type that sentence.)

Goya (1799) The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Monday, August 21, 2017


I'm over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure this week talking about a writer's autumn, with a bit of summer jazz thrown in.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Poetical Week

I've had very satisfying week re. poetry, with three poems showing up in three different places!

First there was Icarus' Mother in She Said He Said I Said - New Writing Scotland 35 -

Then there was "Be Wise as Serpents" in Brittle Star 40 -

And then, in the online Keep Poems Alive, a bit of vintage with One More Happy Boulder

Thank you to all three magazines - feels extremely good!