I’ve been desperate to share this with y’all for ages but was bound to silence by higher powers. I’ll be appearing as part of the Word Festival / Aberdeen May Festival on Sunday May 29th at 2pm. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen and was lucky enough to be thereContinue reading “Word / Aberdeen May Festival 2016”
Tag Archives: Janice Galloway
Science Fiction, Flash Fiction, Shortlisted Fiction
All the news that’s new and approved. First up, I’m really pleased to announce that I have been made Reviews Editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a new Scottish-based international science fiction magazine. I was a big fan of the concept of the journal when it was first floated and became a subscriber (you can even seeContinue reading “Science Fiction, Flash Fiction, Shortlisted Fiction”
New Books by Wonderful Writers
I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment there’s an ancient burial mound (Jomon period, roughly 1000BCE – 300BCE) that makes for aContinue reading “New Books by Wonderful Writers”
This One Book
Simon Sylvester, author of The Visitors, recently wrote about a book that means a lot to him both as a reader and as a writer. He wrote eloquently on Roald Dahl’s Henry Sugar and then urged me to do the same. Just back from the book tour and jet-lagged, I didn’t feel much in theContinue reading “This One Book”
5 a day and a studio of one’s own.
Four hours from now (as I write) I will launch my novel First Time Solo at Waterstones in Aberdeen. I’ve seen people like Iain Banks, Janice Galloway and Alan Spence read there and I’m still finding it hard to believe I’ll be doing the same today. I’m cacking myself. Luckily a well-timed email from MetropolisContinue reading “5 a day and a studio of one’s own.”
Iain M. Banks, 1954 – 2013.
Janice Galloway said Alasdair Gray’s Lanark was the book that showed her that writing – and by extension any art – produced in Scotland from real, everyday experience was just as valid as that produced in New York, in London, in Paris or any of the supposed cultural centres around the world. That ScottishContinue reading “Iain M. Banks, 1954 – 2013.”