June 30, 2017

James Robertson

Kevin MacNeil

A.L Kennedy

Kirstin Innes

Muriel Spark

Ali Smith

Nan Shepherd

Andrew Greig

Iain Crichton-Smith

Lewis Grassic-Gibbon

Jessie Kesson

John Aberdein

Norman MacCaig

Aussie Writers I love: Georgina Penney 

June 30, 2017

Corrie Ruthven is a bittersweet romantic comedy, a Scottish Bridget Jones, with brains. 

In the car, Ray scolds me for not answering my phone for days. He has figured out Roddy has something to do with it.  I stall him until we’re in the farmhouse kitchen, in front of t...

June 30, 2017

The Library Boys is a sequel to English and History. For Chris and Ally, crises of identity and sexuality cause conflict and isolation. The power of the written word shines a light at the end of the tunnel.

Please help me, I don’t know my name. If I knew my name, I’d kn...

June 30, 2017

English and History is a subversive romance, set in a Scottish town, two estranged friends, both English teachers, reconnect through adversity and their shared love of books.

'Chris, what can I do? Don't say fuck off because I won't, but what can I do?'

I want him to shu...

June 30, 2017

For my Granny Keith

I don’t believe in life after death, hauntings or voices from the grave.

I think what we need from people we loved, is within easy reach.

Sometimes it is easier to get comfort from them than from the living.

Her life was endless gifts to mine, and no on...

June 30, 2017

Have you lost your mind? Where’s your sense of humour?

My mind goes everywhere it can, it loves to travel.

My sense of humour is not on call; it turns up when it feels like it.

Is your heart really in it? Listen to it, what does it say?

My heart is wherever I am, beating i...

June 30, 2017

Politely turning down offers is not an option. I can’t look after the kids, I can’t do anything.

My chest is rattling and my skin oozing sweat, my legs weak and unreliable.

I don’t even feel like writing. Speaking hurts.

Doctor saw me within hours, out of hours, efficient...

June 30, 2017

My body is fighting a virus. My joints ache, my head hurts. Through the night I couldn’t sleep for shivering, my teeth chattered, despite a hot water bottle. I fell asleep and woke in the night to peel off my pyjamas, soaked in sweat. I wake up so grateful that the kid...

June 30, 2017

I bought some cream for my face. It was on offer and I’m nearly forty.

Snake Venom, it said, will instantly freeze your wrinkles. I dropped it in my basket and moved on to the nappies and wipes.

Hang on, Snake Venom? Really?

Improved Formula with SYN-AKE, a snake venom-li...

June 30, 2017

Mummy, I would like a humming-bird and also, I would like a swan.

Well, there are no humming birds in Scotland, and I think all the swans belong to the queen.

Why?

Emm…history? They just do. We can’t keep them as pets. Anyway, they’re fierce.

The Queen is greedy, keeping a...

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