Choices, choices…

Life is full of endless choices…main work at the moment is revising and editing my book, going through each chapter and page to pick up typos, possibility of better phrasing etc, always seems to take much longer than I initially think it will! Plus I’m reluctant to abandon all the other interesting and fun activities [...]

Presenting workshop – Scots verse

TMSA – Traditional Music and Song Association – have asked me to present a workshop about Scots verse (favourite poems and how best to present them) at 10.30 am on Saturday May 4th, at the MacRobert Building, Room 55, Aberdeen University.  I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who comes along and to hearing their chosen [...]

Final stages of my new book…

Life has been incredibly busy over the last months as I’ve worked on the last revisions and editing of my new book for family and other informal carers before I send it off to the publisher…while trying to fit in all the other activities I really don’t want to fade (music and singing being the [...]

Enjoying the lull…

Made it with the deadline with Routledge and sent off my manuscript, despite all the frustrations with new computer system etc.  Now really enjoying a wee bit of a lull while the copy editor reads over all my 10 chapters, thousands of words, before the next stage of work starts on turning them into a [...]

A daunting project…

Recently I was asked by Marie Shaw, Arts Development Officer for Aberdeenshire South, to write a poem specially for the centenary of International Women’s Day, and read it as the introduction to a big event at Buchanan’s, Banchory Woodend Barn on 8th March.  As I knew little about International Women’s Day apart from the name, [...]

Beating the Block

I’m delighted that, after several weeks of not writing much at all and feeling that my ‘writing rhythm’ had gone when my beloved dog Trix died just before Christmas, this week at last ideas are sprouting as well as my usual drive to write those ideas in story or poem or dialogue and drama.

Lost [...]