Welcome to a GHB First!
Yes, it's the cover for the first Girls Heart Books BOOK! The artist, Cathy Brett, has included something from each of the 10 stories and mine's the intriguing-looking planet ... because Girls Heart Sci-Fi! (My story's called "Out of the Shadows" and has aliens and ghosts and weather witches in it - it was a blast to write!)
To find out more, visit Girls Heart Books here - exciting stuff!
Sunrises and the Dog
So this is me, house- and dog-sitting in Wigtown - and here is my view - and here is my dog-for-a-week. And now I'm off - it's walk time!
Poem on the Floor
My last BOOKMARK event was the Opening of Past Present Future at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, which was in celebration of a number of projects - but nobody else got displayed all over the floor! It's the collage poem I made out of phrases and lines from each of the written pieces selected for the Place Settings anthology and it looked AMAZING! It must have taken FOREVER to do - each letter is fixed to the parquet somehow - filling the whole huge room. Impossible to photograph adequately, but here are my attempts, and a few of authors standing by their words -
Paul Mouncey, Janine Kain, Jean Squires, Angela Jeffs, Mary McDougall - and all the rest - I salute you!
The Pointing of All Arrows
This weekend all arrows point to Blairgowrie and the second annual BOOKMARK Book Festival! Here are a few photos of the pretty backdrop to all the hustle and bustle and razzmatazz going on indoors - I'll try to get some pictures of that too for next week!
Poetry Map of Scotland No. 62
62 - what an excellent number! My poem on The Leys of Marlee (where you can find an ancient stone circle with the B947 running straight through it) is now up on the Poetry Map of Scotland.
(Thank you to the Modern Antiquarian for the photo.)
Build-up to BOOKMARK
So many things are coming together, winding up, being proofed one last time, dotted and crossed, formatted and fonted and finalised. I've given my last workshop, up the Glens at Kirkmichael with a lovely group of writers - I've been through the entries (just under 60) for the Place Settings anthology, selected and started the layout - Her Lines, My Lines, my book of poems with outstanding art work by Kyla Tomlinson, has gone to the printers - and those are just my bits! Everyone involved in the Festival is going about the place with slightly wild-eyed expressions and the thought "What have I forgotten?" lurking just below the surface of their brains ...
But never fear. It will all be all right on the 10th, 11th and 12th October. Come and see for yourself! (Tickets can be booked here!)