Tributary

I’m in the throes of preparation for our imminent trip to America. Which means I spend hours frantically making lists; trying on various combinations of my clothing (it’s amazing what you can do with half-a-dozen shirts; three pairs of jeans; two pairs of trainers, and a fishing hat); cleaning random parts of the house; and […]

Literature Ambassador: News from Wigtown

Straight from my inbox to you, enjoy! Spring has arrived in Wigtown! We’ve got a busy springtime ahead with a variety of events taking place in the coming months. We’ve got interpretive dance for children, the Spring Book Weekend with the Association of Wigtown Booksellers, our ongoing fundraising through our online auction and the annual […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Reader Opps

Writer Opps Wednesday has been abducted by aliens… Header image: Carl Jung Psychology Site

It’s Book Week Scotland!

This is the week Scotland celebrates books: libraries across the country have all number of events for readers and writers alike. My local bookshop has two events on Thursday in the youth theatre which I hope to go to, they both look fab and I will say more about them in another post. Meanwhile I’m […]

Libraries Week

Being scolded for gasping with joy at the sight of so many books rather put me off libraries as a child, which may well have been the old bat’s intention. It seemed she believed the edifying power of books teetered on the brink of weaponisation, and it was her job to ensure they didn’t get […]

Wigtown Odyssey

With three hours till my first event I expected to get to Wigtown in plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and maybe even get in a little bookshop browsing before kick off; it is, after all, only seventy five miles. What was I thinking? I know the road is narrow and winding, and a […]

Festival Going

We are entering the last four days of the 20th Wigtown Book Festival – sniff – and I will finally get there tomorrow – hurrah! – I’ll let you know how I get on, it will include many bookshops and at least three events. Meanwhile here’s a taste of the final weekend’s happenings – still […]

News from Wigtown: Two Weeks to Go!

I’ve already said this, and I don’t think it can be said too often: the Wigtown Book Festival is twenty years old this year, and it’s set to be a tremendous event. The team have worked their little cottons right off to make this year an über festive jamboree of literary joy; there’s even have […]

On Writing

One of my favourite things in the whole world is Bookworm, a radio show hosted by the disarmingly deep reader Michael Silverblatt. I listen to it to learn about writing, and luxuriate in the conversation about what makes writing worth reading (something I’d rather like to be able to do). Here is Zadie Smith talking […]