Open University conference presentation

At the recent inter-university conference ‘Real Lives; Real Difference’ in Stirling, I was part of our OU Service Users and Carers Development Group presentation on the work of the group over the years since the group started. My part in the presentation was to outline some of the projects I have taken part in – [...]

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 [...]

Readings, writing and more writing…

Life has been really hectic over last weeks…or is that months?!  Reading some of my stories and poems very recently at performances organised by Lemon Tree Writers at the Carmelite (what a wonderful venue in the old library, and what a wonderful night); Elaine May Smith’s ‘Stoney Stramash’ at Stonehaven Town Hall, with several of [...]

Mearns fm interview

Beforehand – I felt quite daunted to think of an hour-long interview on Mearns fm radio about my non-fiction writing!  Elaine May Smith, the programme presenter, helped make things much easier – with Elaine I chose the pieces of music which had meant so much to me during those years when Jay my daughter was [...]

Trip to Canada…

Slowly adjusting after my recent trip to Canada to visit my sister Mo, her husband Jim and my 3 lovely nieces!  Great beginning to the trip when I met up en route with our other sister Nicky who lives in the French Alps, and we travelled rest of the way together. With so many miles [...]

Cookney concert – Doric Festival

Delighted to be invited to read at the Cookney concert on Sat 1st October, part of the Doric Festival organised by the Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen University…I immediately decided to make Shooer (written after I got caught in a thunderstorm)  my first poem. Geordie Murison, John Valentine, Anne Nicol, Kate Taylor and Peter Lamb are also [...]

My invitation to read at The Doric Festival, Aberdeenshire

Chuffed to bits to be invited to read at The Doric Festival in October 2011. More details very soon!