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!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Joan Lennon and Paul Magrs: Sensational Sci-fi at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Next week Paul and I will be doing an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, called Sensational Sci-Fi.  We'll be talking about our latest books - The Martian Girl for him, and Walking Mountain for me.

That's the opening day of the festival - Sat. 12 August at 18:30 in the Bosco Theatre in George Street - and if you can make it, we'd love to see you there!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Landmark and a Billboard

Walking Mountain has apparently been featured on a billboard at Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, this month - and here is photographic proof courtesy of Lori from BC Books!

Too bad I only found out about it the weekend it came down, but hey! I've been billboarded!  That's a landmark and no mistake!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lighthouse on My Mind

There is a lighthouse at the centre of the book I'm writing, AND it's raining again today, so it seems appropriate to give you some J.M.W. Turner -

Bell Rock Lighthouse 1819

Long Ship's Lighthouse, Lands End  circa 1834-1835

The Beacon Light circa 1840

And to recommend Bella Bathurst's excellent book The Lighthouse Stevensons.  And now I better get on with the writing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Here is a promise and a fact"

I came across this video by Caitlin Moran on Facebook and wanted to share it, though, since it's not obvious to my technically-challenged brain how to imbed the thing, I'm just including the link:

Good to listen to "when you cannot remember why you were happy at 12 and cannot imagine being happy at 21" or, equally, between any other ages.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Inescapable Me

There's no getting away from me lately ...

There's the podcast with Kristian Kerr and Vikki Reilly from Birlinn in their Hitchhiker's Guide to Scottish Literature series - my bit starts around 31:00.

My letter - S, as it happens - has gone live on the 26 Writers in Residence website.  Another collaboration with the talented Thomas!

And my long short scifi story In Search Of gets a new lease of life on Robert Topps' excellent resource Read Me a Story, Ink.

London buses, eh?