Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hail to Thee ...

Some summer hail to prepare me for the heat of Ontario - I'm off to Canada this coming week for a fortnight. It's my mum's 90th birthday - I come from sturdy stock! I've blogged about it on Girls Heart Books here. And I have a post on Kindle Authors UK, here, so lots of itinerate internetting lately.

Usually the person least surprised by a blog is the one who wrote it, but because I've used the scheduling option for while I'm away, I will be tuning in to THIS blog with bated breath - will the posts appear? Here's hoping.

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Photos - Haiku or a Hundred Words Presentation Day!

Thanks to Lindsey Fraser for the great photos!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fabulous Foot Work!

I know I promised photos of the Great Grand Presentation Day (A Haiku or a Hundred Words) but I was only able to take any during the rehearsal and the pictures are, not to put too fine a point on it, rubbish. I'll see if I can get better ones from anyone else who was there on the day. But what I do have, thanks to the wonders of cropping, is a selection of Presentation Day Foot Work! P7 read their writing extremely well during the rehearsal and EVEN BETTER during the performance. I was well proud of them. And I'll tell you something else. I loved their feet.

Thank you Clovenstone Primary School for 3 great days and all the best in your new school next year!

Cheers, Joan.

P.S. Oh, and my blog for the 26Treasures project went up on their site this week. Come see it - and an ENORMOUS picture of me - here! (And if you fancied leaving a comment, I'd be very grateful - feels a bit lonely so far!)

Friday, June 10, 2011


Three launches ...

This week the Scottish Book Trust Scottish Family Legends project culminated in an evening book launch at the BBC Scotland building in Glasgow. The anthology is published in book form by Luath Press, who did an excellent job, or you can view the entries (including the photos, which would of course have been way too expensive to include in the book) on-line here. Callum and I went over to Glasgow for the event and thoroughly enjoyed it (we particularly appreciated it being a sitting-down event, after spending a long afternoon at the Kelvingrove Museum and generally walking about!)

Next Monday, the Haiku or a Hundred Words project is going to be doing some culminating of its own - a presentation of P7's work at an assembly for parents and other pupils at Clovenstone Primary School. I'm taking my camera!

And, at a slight tangent, I have met my object in the 26 Treasures project - and it is 4 links from a drag chain, which are used in, you guessed it, the launching of ships. This is a project based in the National Museum of Scotland, in which 26 writers have been assigned 26 objects to write about. If you'd like to see the first such project, at the V & A in London last year, look here. I'll be posting more on this soon!

And none of these events have been costly, which proves that there is indeed such a thing as a free launch ...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Haiku or a Hundred Words Project - Clovenstone Primary School

First there was the zoo, in search of inspiration ...

Then there was the writing ...

And THEN, on the 13th June, there will be ...


Come back soon to see photos from the great presentation event of the year!