Saturday, October 18, 2014

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!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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!  





Saturday, October 04, 2014

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.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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!)



Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Museum of Ireland (Dublin) and its curves








Saturday, September 13, 2014

Leif Frond and the Inside Scoop

Who is this slightly strange-eyed woman and who is she waiting for?


It's me, in the signing tent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival's Schools Gala Day, just after my Leif Frond event and just before I got the chance to sign books and chat to members of the audience.  Some of the schools had to rush off to their buses, which was sad, but some didn't, and I really enjoyed meeting pupils and teachers!  One of them was a drama teacher and said she was going to make a play for her class from the books - if you're reading this, dear drama teacher, please remember to send me some photos! 


To find out more about the Leif Frond books, you can visit the Young Writers' website where there's an interview with me here - and there are a bunch of activity sheets as well that look like fun -