Saturday, November 29, 2014

Moniack Mhor's 2015 Brochure Available Now!

You've heard me rave enough times about the Writing Centre at Moniack Mhor (aka Heaven on a Hill) to guess how excited I am to be back tutoring there again next summer.  And now the entire 2015 Moniack Mhor course brochure is available for your delectation.  Have a look HERE and see what inspiring possibilities are on offer!

(Oh, and Writing for Children and Young People with me, Melvin Burgess and Anne Fine is on page 17.  Just in case you were wondering ...)  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Book Birthday!

The Girls Heart Books e-anthology is available from today!

Hear Jo enthusing HERE!

Then download your copy HERE!

And then ... ENJOY!

(Mine's the sci-fi one - "Out of the Shadows" - chuffed to bits to be part of this!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Days till Tuesday

And then ...

Girls Heart Christmas publication day!  

I'll be putting up all the information you need for getting your copy of our e-anthology here - 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy National Non-Fiction Month!

Join me in celebrating National Non-Fiction Week over on the Reading Bus Blog!

(And keep your fingers crossed for Gill - the winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Award will be announced on Monday!)

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Last Views of November in Perthshire

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Her Lines, My Lines

Would you like a copy of Her Lines, My Lines, a collection of poems by me and images by Kyla Tomlinson, that came out of my time as writer-in-residence for Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens?  They're on sale HERE - in support of the ever-amazing BOOKMARK Book Festival.  Get 'em while they're hot!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Yet More November

Thursday, November 06, 2014

More November

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Unpack the Metaphor

Okay, that's me, impinging into the picture on the left.  Utterly focused - on the trail of, er, something - dressed with effortless elegance (no change there, then) - and in the wrong place at the wrong time.  And that's how I feel right now.  I'm doing re-writes.  HUGELY IMPORTANT, are re-writes.  I absolutely believe that to be true.  They're like, you know, the wedding.  (Work with me here.)  But what I have in my mind is a new novel, so far consisting of no more than a couple of scribbled notes and a lot of swirling ideas in my brain.  And that's what my gorgeously-hatted head is irresistibly drawn to.

No! NO! Wedding first - new novel second!  Freeze frame, right?

But very soon now, I'll be letting that small gargoyle loose and then, what larks!