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Jakhiri

June 30, 2017

Jack’s new grooming brushes arrived this week. They work so well on his freckly white coat. He’s beautiful and strong, and now he is almost shining. I spend time over each muscle on his powerful neck shoulders and quarters. We built these muscles together, up hills, along the beach, through the forest, over fences, in looping dressage movements. I work him on the lunge, helping him stretch out his back and his neck. No one can see the muscles he’s built in me, the ability to endure, the strength to keep going. He carries me to pure joy. 

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October 9, 2018

My first novel 'English and History' is now available to buy on amazon! The proof copy arrived with me last week and it really is a dream coming true for me. Watch this space for information about my book launch and where you can buy a copy. Cait x

June 30, 2017

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Aussie Writers I love: Georgina Penney 

June 30, 2017

A playlist for a road trip through Aberlayne, Hardweird, Upper Langdykes and the wee brain they came from.

Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub

There is a light that never goes out- The Smiths

Bats in the Attic- King Creosote and Jon Hopkins

Country Girl- Primal Scream

Girl from Mars- Ash

Hold On- KT Tunstall

Down by the Water- PJ Harvey

It’s a Shame About Ray- The Lemonheads

Love Steals us from Loneliness- Idlewild

Metal Mickey- Suede

My...

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 the Rayburn, with wine and crisps. Then I tell him everything, tearfully, about what happened on Wednesday night and why I am scared to go back to my flat now.  I...

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 know where to be. I’d be classified by my Dewey number, and I’d slot in beside the other cherished spines. I think they did the right thing when they left me here....

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 shut up, to go away, I clamp my hands over my ears.

‘Maybe it would help if you called Eilidh? Maybe she's just scared to call you?'

I curl tighter into a foetal shap...

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 one can take her away.

And if I feel, her strong hand on my shoulder, or stroking the back of my hand.

If she’s with me when I wake alone in the dark

It doesn’t mean...

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 in my chest.

It says nothing. It beats and thumps and carries on. It won’t break or melt, harden or soften.

You’re not yourself these days.

I am always myself. It’s...