Saturday, December 09, 2017

Birlinn's Best Books of the Year!

Birlinn's Best Books of the Year

Joan Lennon

Joan’s writing evokes in me the same feeling I experienced as a kid, reading some of my favourite fantasy and sci-fi novels for the first time. From the get go, her concept in Walking Mountain is simple, yet so unique and intriguing – you’re desperate to believe in Drivers, and hungry to find out what could possibly come to life in the aftermath of their mistake, as well as how their stories are to intermingle with the adventures of Pema.
Calum Bannerman
Sales Representative
How nice to be part of Birlinn's Best Books of the Year!  Thanks, Calum!  

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Walking Mountain Rite of Passage

Not every book of mine has reached this dizzy height, but a few have.  Am I talking about some kind of lovely award?  No.  I'm talking about finding your book in a charity shop.  This week it was Walking Mountain's turn.

A bittersweet experience, or at any rate, 50% of that.  At least it wasn't signed ...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Moniack Mhor's Programme for 2018 is Live!

Summer is a little hard to imagine just now, but looking ahead to July next year, maybe you'd like to come to Moniack Mhor Writing Centre (aka Heaven on a Hill).  If so, the 2018 programme has just gone live.  Paul Magrs and I will be running a week's course on Writing Young Adult SF/Fantasy.  Mid-week, Gill Arbuthnott will be joining us as our Guest Speaker.

A bit from the blurb -

Have you ever felt put off, thinking you don’t know enough about science – or fantasy – or young people – to write your own YA SF/Fantasy stories? Some of the most page-turning writing being published today is YA SF/Fantasy, and this course will help you become part of it.

It's a ways off* yet, but still, it's something to think about, in the midst of cold dark November days ... I for one can't wait!

* "a ways off" - an odd expression, when you think about it, but it has a nice un-specificity about it that I like.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

RLF Resources and Treats

There are so many podcasts, videos and FB pages out there, that sometimes little treasures can go unnoticed.  So let me just flag up a few that might give you pleasure.  These are produced by the Royal Literary Fund and you can find them here:

Vox - bite-sized podcasts about writing, by writers

Writers Aloud - longer podcasts

In Focus - short films about writerly interests

RLF Education - a Facebook page with tips on everything from plagiarism to procrastination, from essay introductions to essay conclusions, and everything in-between.

Have a look - you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Tiny Beauties

I'm over on The History Girls today with a blog about the Blaschka glass models at the National Museum of Scotland.  So tiny.  So beautiful.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stornoway, Tarbert and Me

Next week I'll be taking Walking Mountain and Silver Skin to the Outer Hebrides as part of Faclan Oga 2017 - The Hebridean Book Festival.  

(images from Wikipedia)

What's the photo of Lews Castle doing there?  Oh, nothing - just that's where I'll be staying.  It's a tough life, sometimes, being a writer ...