Friday, 2 October 2015

The Rooftop Busker

Just bought the 2015 New Writing Scotland collection. For the first time in a while I don't personally know
any of the contributors. But I DO know a lot of writers. In fact, I tutor two writing groups.

So ... here's the challenge. Which of them can I encourage into the 2017 edition - or might I take the plunge myself?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

How Old Is The Friend

Just last night I told the WK Writers I couldn't remember how long the People's Friend had been on the go. This morning, as if they had been there, they posted the answer on their Facebook page :-)

"Happy birthday to us! The People's Friend is 146 years old today, and to celebrate, here's the front cover of our first-ever issue from January 13, 1869. We're so proud to be the oldest women's weekly magazine in the world!"

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Variations On A Theme

Just before Christmas I asked the writing group to look at Christmas from a what's been done, what variations have been explored and what variations might be left perspective.

Here's a good example of a variation on an already crowded theme. You might think Marvel and DC had the superhero genre sewn up, but now Diamondsteel Comics bring us Saltire - Scotland's First Superhero.

From a quick glance through (it costs £9.99) is seems he is the spirit of Scotland called forth to battle the invading Romans and their gods.

There's always space for a new twist - if we have the imagination!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Finally getting some head-space after two book deadlines (and tiling my mum's bathroom.)


The first one was about the un-named people of the Bible. The second was a list of a thousand everyday blessings. Now, there's a challenge for anyone who wants to take it - come up with a thousand individual blessings.

I am blessed that it's finished! :-)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The next session of West Kilbride Writers -

Every Monday 12th January - March 23rd. 7 - 8;45pm. West Kilbride Community Centre.

A small friendly group of writers with a new tutor. Come along if you are interested in writing, no matter what your experience, and let's see what we can make of it!

The next session of the Write Out of the Ordinary group -

Every Tuesday from 3rd February to 24th March 2015. 12:30 - 2:30. Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.

It's a small, friendly group with a variety of interests and different levels of experience. If you are interested in writing .. come on down!

Phone the Harbour Arts Centre on 01294 274059