Workshops and Presentations

Communication One of my main interests over many years has been in communication – how to build effective communication between individuals, within families and other home groups, professional/family and other groups of people, all individual, who work together in an enormous range of circumstances. And how to resolve the inevitable differences in individual experience and viewpoints. Whatever the situation, whatever the group, building effective communication and collaborative effort is really important…

Read More

The ancient tree at Macduff : My poem published recently in Leopard Magazine

Really delighted that this month Leopard Magazine published my poem Tree, written a few years ago when I often walked near Macduff in a deserted valley and loved to visit the ancient tree at different seasons of the year. A very beautiful place, also quite sad to think of the community which had lived there – a very long time ago now. Tree by Gráinne…

Read More

Using rewards strategically

Life continues really busy as Janet Treasure, Anna Crane and I continue on revision of ‘Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder’ – this morning I’ve been revising Chapter 9, hope to work on another couple of chapters today before my eyes are completely crossed… Great to feel we’re about half way in this revision! Also got a deadline at beginning of…

Read More

Recent developments…

Over the last weeks since my new book with Routledge was published, life has been very good, very interesting and very very busy! The Aberdeen launch at Waterstones went very well – great to hear that all the people there felt that it would be helpful in their own home care situations, all very different. And recently I met with a group of Stonehaven home…

Read More

Working on new projects…

Now that my new non-fiction book ‘Surviving Family Care Giving: coordinating effective care through collaborative communication’ has been published by Routledge and is now on the shelves in USA as well as UK, e.g. at Waterstones,  I’m enjoying working more now on various other projects…. Over many years I’ve enjoyed writing stories and poems in Doric as well as in English and have also been…

Read More

Book launch…

I’m already preparing for my Aberdeen book launch and presentation – 7 p.m. on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at Waterstones Union Bridge Bookshop.  I hope lots of folk will accept my invitation to come along and hear more about all the people I’ve met and their personal real-life stories of being family carers – which form the  most important part of ‘Surviving Family Care Giving’….

Read More

First editions!

My new book, Surviving Family Care Giving, can now be pre-ordered from Routledge at – Surviving Family Care Giving aims to help family and other home carers in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. Quoting from much reading and research as well as the many interviews with home carers who tell their own real-life stories, I show how to provide the most effective coordinated…

Read More