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03 April 2020Virtual Launch of The Lyre Dancers

Thanks very much to Elizabeth Rimmer for hosting a virtual launch of The Lyre Dancers, given the cancellation of all my other April and May launch events. You can go to it here on her Burned Thumb website and blog.

It's great that in this weird time of the corona virus lockdown there seems to be a flourishing of goodwill towards writers and new online opportunities opening up. If any other similar opportunities come my way I'll post details here.

Meanwhile if you fancy disappearing into a time long, long ago when a global pandemic was literally unthinkable, I recommend The Stone Stories trilogy to you.


21 March 2020The Lyre Dancers is here!

Today I launched The Lyre Dancers in an intimate little ceremony by the cave in the corner of the beach in Achmelvich - Traigh Blaran Eadir, otherwise Yates' beach, formerly Vestey's beach. All the other launch events have been cancelled due to the virus pandemic, but it seemed a shame not to be able to celebrate the fact that all three volumes of the Stone Stories iron age trilogy are now available. So we all kept our distance but were able to toast to the book with mead or elderflower juice, with a fire burning, at the very location where Rian finds herself early in the book.

The book is available in my online shop here, post free, and I'll sign the book by default and am happy to write a dedication in it if you let me know. You can also buy all three volumes at a reduced price here.



10 March 2020The Lyre Dancers launches

The third volume of my historical novel trilogy, The Lyre Dancers, is now available!

It will be launched, appropriately enough, at three events, first close to home, then in Inverness where I work and then back in the Iron Age, where it belongs, in a crannog!

  • 3pm Saturday 21 March, Traigh Blaran Eadir, the small beach at Achmelvich (also known as Yates' beach and formerly known as Vestey's beach). I'll give a short reading from the book and weather permitting we'll have a spring equinox fire and Iron Age liquid refreshments. If the weather is unkind we will be at Achmelvich Youth Hostel.
  • 6pm Thursday 26 March, a reading at Waterstones Inverness - cancelled
  • 11.30am Saturday 11 April, a reading at The Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, followed by an event there at 2pm on writing your own Iron Age story - cancelled

If you would like a signed copy you can buy it from my online shop here or see me at one of the events.

If you are interested in reviewing it, please get in touch.

11 February 2020Upcoming events

I have lots of events on the horizon for spring 2020 - so if you'd like to come and hear me read or chat or get a signed book, please come along!

  • 7.30pm, Tuesday 11 February, reading at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow as part of the STEM poets event on climate change.
  • 12.30, Wednesday 26 February, creative writing workshop with the Kibble Scribblers, at the Glasgow Botanical Gardens
  • 6-8 March, in residence at Inverewe Garden
  • 10am, Sunday 15 March, reading in Glenan Woods as part of the Write By The Sea festival at Tighnabruaich - cancelled
  • 3pm, Saturday 21 March, launch of The Lyre Dancers, Achmelvich beach (with walk, reading and spring equinox fire).
  • 6pm, Thursday 26 March, launch of The Lyre Dancers, Waterstones Inverness - cancelled
  • 11.30am Saturday 11 April, launch of The Lyre Dancers, The Crannog Centre, Loch Tay. Also an event there at 2pm - write your own Iron Age story - cancelled
  • 7.30 Wednesday 15 April, workshop with Elgin writers - cancelled
  • 7pm, Saturday 25 April, reading at the launch of Tom Leonard's posthumous work, Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • 2pm, Saturday 2 May, launch of 'Trees Meet Sea' exhibition of paired poems by me with artworks, Sawyer Gallery, Inverewe Garden - cancelled
  • 15-17 May, in residence at Inverewe Garden - cancelled
  • 1pm, Thursday 28 May, Trees Meet Sea webinar with Humanities and Arts Research Cluster, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • 7pm Friday 19 June, reading at Dundee Botanic Garden, followed by writing workshop at 10am Saturday 20 June.

29 January 2020Poetry exhibition

Not many poets get to have a solo exhibition in an art gallery, so I am super-excited that I will have an exhibition in the Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe Garden, opening on Saturday 2 May 2020. It's called 'Trees Meet Sea' and it will consist of 14 pieces of art - a mixture of sculpture, ceramics, paintings and fabric - made by some of my favourite artists. Each piece either responds to one of my poems, or I have written a poem in response to it. They are roughly half about trees and half about the sea, reflecting my ongoing wonder at the places where trees come down to the shore. I'm getting hugely excited by the idea of having all these beautiful works of art together.

More details will follow nearer the time, but if you can come along to the opening, you'll be very welcome. We'll no doubt have some fun in the garden. Put 2 May in your diary and see you there!



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