Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why I Write

I've talked before about my job at Dundee University - I'm an RLF Fellow helping students with essays, planning, exam writing - anything and everything to do with words and the taming of them.  It's a great job and the RLF is a great organisation which, among so many other things, also produces short podcasts of writers talking about their work - things like how and why they write, the books that have influenced them, how writing changes the writer. 

And this week, I join them.  Here is my podcast on Why I Write.  Me, speaking very slowly, and being ver-y care-ful to e-nun-ci-ate ...


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Reflective Pieces

A student last week wanted me to explain "a reflective piece" ...






Sunday, February 12, 2017

Walking Mountain's First Review

You've seen my cat's enthusiasm for the proof copy of Walking Mountain, and now here's an in-house response from Birlinn's Jamie Harris (who, in my opinion, is enormously perspicacious and wise) - 
Well, I loved Silver Skin and Joan Lennon has done it again! Walking Mountain is a staggeringly imaginative story of wonder and adventure, taking you on an epic journey that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. The world is like nothing you’ve ever seen, told through a group of fantastic characters who find themselves standing between the world they know and complete disaster. It’s cosmic, it’s crazy, it’s wild and totally, totally brilliant. This book can’t come soon enough!*

AND here's another stage of the cover -

Pretty fine, don't you think?
* From a blog entry titled The Very Best of Birlinn Books You Must Read in 2017 - so we're in some select company!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Proof Copy of Walking Mountain Arrives and the Cat Goes Wild ...




Exciting times!  Well, I'm excited, any way!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Oh My Giddy




DURA logo


This week I was pleased to have my poem Oh My Giddy posted on the Dundee University Review of the Arts.  You can find it here.  Thank you, DURA!






Saturday, January 28, 2017

Silver Skin on CALL

Last Day of Voting:
Friday 17 February 2017 at 5:00 pm!



We getting closer all the time to the final day of voting for the very first Scottish Teenage Book Prize, not to mention the Graphic Novel competition (illustrating a scene from one of the shortlisted books) and the Book Trailer competition!  Entries are already starting to come in, I've been told, and the excitement is definitely on the build.  And included in the voting, due to the essential work of CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning), are readers with print disabilities.  Books for All has put the 3 shortlisted books into accessible forms for students with additional support needs.  Follow the link to find out more.

So, if you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?  Join in, sign up, and get reading!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Loch Rannoch at the Turn of the Year 3