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14 September 2020The Liminal Zone

I'm delighted to be starting a new project exploring the sea shore as a metaphor for edges and boundaries in our lives. The project is called 'The Liminal Zone' and it will last over the coming year. It is made possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland. I'll be writing poetry, walking and having conversations with artists in a range of different media.

The project will launch at a short interactive Zoom session at the autumn equinox, at 2pm (British Summer Time) on Tuesday 22 September 2020. I shall introduce the project with the help of my fellow artists (not) in residence at Inverewe Garden: Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie, Dorje Khandro Dawid and Anne Coomber. Everyone taking part will be invited to share via chat what the seashore means to them. If you would like to join in please contact me for the sign-in link.

04 August 2020Talking about books

I'm excited and honoured to be taking part in an online 'Creative Conversation' with Kathleen Jamie, Gavin Francis and Sue Reid Sexton, on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 5.30. Everyone is welcome to come and join the Zoom event, which is organised by Publishing Scotland and Glasgow University. Sign up for it by following the link here.

I'll be talking about my historical novel trilogy, The Stone Stories, the three volumes of which are The Walrus Mutterer, The Amber Seeker and The Lyre Dancers. Signed copies are available here.

It is always gratifying when people get in touch to say that they've enjoyed a book, and feedback about The Lyre Dancers has been particularly positive. Some of the nice comments I've received are as follows:

‘Such a wonderful tale.  I love the way you paint the characters and it is so good to watch them grow in the books.  It was a very hopeful ending, lovely for these times, thank you so much.’

‘How much I enjoyed it! Thank you.’

‘I loved The Lyre Dancers. It has such a strong resonance of place, history and myth.’

‘It gave me goosebumps.’

‘I loved it and the whole trilogy.’

‘Absolutely loved it.  Was completely immersed in the time and folklore and loved Rian's character.’

‘I am bereft having finished The Lyre Dancers yesterday. I loved it and the whole trilogy. I easily immerse myself into the landscape and seascape of the trilogy.’

‘Your trilogy is a portal for me. It has re-ignited my curiosity regarding that time in our world.’

‘The setting of this iron age community is described with such authenticity...the food, the customs, the sea travel. I felt I was in this world.’

‘Writing which lingers, which (in my book) is the highest compliment I can give.’

Thanks to everyone who gets in touch and lets me know the book works for them. It's much appreciated and makes it all feel worthwhile.

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