Saturday, May 30, 2020

Free Stay at Home! Anthology and Chapter 6

The anthology has landed!

Stay at Home! is a free e-book of stories and poems for children by Scottish writers, edited by Joan Haig, illustrated by Darren Gate, and published by Cranachan Publishing, which you can download from the Books from Scotland website here.

And for your weekly dose of Ely Plot, you can hear Chapter 6 here.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Stay at Home! and Chapter 5

(a teaser from Darren Gate's to-be-revealed cover)

Coming soon - on Thursday 28 May, to be precise - Cranachan Publishing's anthology of stories and poems about lockdown by Scottish children's writers, edited by Joan Haig! It's coming out as a free e-book, and I'm really pleased to be part of this project.

And for your weekly Ely Plot fix, here is Philippa Stevens reading Chapter 5!  (And the plot thickens ...)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Nobody Came, and Chapter 4

In local news, the anti-lockdown, anti-vaccinations, anti-using-the-brain-you-were-born-with demonstration in our local park was attended by ... no one.  Not a single person.  The weather was pleasant - two police officers had a nice stroll around - and the newspaper chap came by and took a couple of photos of the grass quietly growing.  I don't have a photo of the grass in the park, but here's one of the grass just up the hill from the park to give you an idea of the less-than-hectic nature of the event -

And Philippa Stevens continues to do a lovely job of reading Ely Plot (Book 1 of The Wickit Chronicles) and you can hear Chapter 4 here.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Gravel and Chapter 3

What did you do in lockdown?  I took pictures of gravel ...

It's a thing.

And you can hear Chapter 3 of Ely Plot beautifully read by Philippa Stevens for Ely Cathedral Learning Fun for Families here

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Bunnies (and Chapter Two)

Two years ago in May I had a wonderful week's writing retreat at Lesser Wearie studio in Perthshire, sharing the porch (I was on top of it, they were underneath it) with a family of baby bunnies.

And, in other news, you can hear Philippa Stevens reading Chapter Two of Ely Plot here.  Thank you, Philippa!