Where Stories Begin

Last week saw me running my first afternoon of regular, weekly creative writing sessions at the newly opened Peter Pan Moat Brae, Scotland’s National Centre for Children’s Literature & Storytelling. Which isn’t only for people under a certain age. We all need to free our inner child from time to time, and that’s what my […]

Literature Ambassador: Wigtown Happenings

Wigtown Book Festival |  27 September – 6 October 2019 No Images? Click here What’s in store this November? The nights may have drawn in, but there’s still plenty happening in and around Wigtown this month. We’ve got a selection of plays, talks and panels in store, including Book Week Scotland at the end of the month. […]

Reasons to be Cheerful

I am grateful* for many things – beef dripping; Edward Enninful’s steerage of British Vogue; the word ‘plank’… – but today I am particularly grateful for sandwiches. On Tuesday afternoon I got an iMessage from a much loved friend asking if D and I would like to go to her house on Wednesday, at five, […]

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: One Week to Go!

With only one week to go before the start of the 20th Wigtown Book Festival I still haven’t come to a decision about which day to go. It’s a good two hour drive to Wigtown from here, and I can’t really afford to stay over, so if I’m going to see anything at all I […]

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 […]

Spring Fling

One of the highlights of my year is the Dumfries & Galloway artist’s open studio event, Spring Fling. It’s huge (86 studios this year) and covers a large geographical area, so they divide it into routes; we do a different route each year and this time chose the Green. We saw a marvellous potter in […]

News from Wigtown: Poetry Competition

Enter Scotland’s international poetry competition Wigtown’s annual Poetry Competition, run in conjunction with the Saltire Society, Scottish Poetry Library and The Gaelic Books Council, launched this week.  Poets are invited to enter under three categories: Main Prize; Scottish Gaelic Prize; and Scots Prize, with a prize fund totalling more than £2,500. This year sees the introduction […]