Brooklyn Morning

It’s six-o-five, still dark, and I am sitting by an open window at the dining table of our New York apartment. The city is waking, cars, which never quite stop moving, are gathering force, a man walks by with a small backpack on. Across the street is a school advertising ‘college access for all’ in […]

One More Sleep

I should be packing – which means finishing the ironing I began yesterday.I should be cleaning the house so our return won’t be too gruesome.I should be going to the Post Office to bank the cheque that arrived this morning, so I have money when I get back.I should be at least thinking about what […]

Trippin’

I spent last summer almost entirely away from home. It all began with our wedding at St Abbs, took in our honeymoon on the Isle of Lewis and two family get togethers in the south of England, before concluding with a three week house-sit in London. That was a great summer, probably our best yet. […]

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. […]

Found in Translation

Sundown. A raised thumb hopes for a lift, something stirs the Spanish moss curtaining the bayou, a coyote calls in the distance. It’s hot as hell and a truck full of old men with barely a set of teeth between them stops just in time to disappoint an alligator. The driver turns up the radio […]

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: 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 […]

London Notes #16

On our last day I woke up in bilious spirit, poor D had to raise all his shields, but full tranquility returned the second I walked into the Shape of Light, an exhibition of 100 years of abstract photography at Tate Modern. As I’m sure I’ve told you before, I’ve been taking photographs since I […]