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05 April 2021Do you teach in the arts? Please do our survey!
I am running a research project, called The Liminal Zone, exploring how people who both practice and teach in any area of creative arts balance these aspects of their lives. We're looking at the tidal zone as a metaphor for this interface between teaching and creative practice. We have a survey to fill in, until 10 May, here: The Liminal Zone Survey
Some of those surveyed will be invited to contribute further to the project, through a seaside interview and an expenses-paid retreat in Lochmaddy in September. Please fill the survey in or share the link with others who both teach and make art.
24 March 2021Prize draw for free book
Anyone signing up to my email list for quarterly newsletters before the end of March will be entered into a prize draw for a free signed copy of The Last Bear posted free anywhere in the world. Sign up here.
NOTE: The draw has been drawn and the free copy went to Helen Haslam.
10 March 2021The Last Bear is back!
After a very long hibernation, during which my first novel The Last Bear was out of print, it has finally re-emerged, with a beautiful new cover design. It is now available in print, as well as in ebook form. You can get a signed copy from my website shop. Buy your copy here!
The Last Bear is a historical novel, set around a thousand years ago in the north of Scotland. It tells the story of the extinction of the brown bear from Britain, from the point of view of a woman, Brigid, to whom the bear is a sacred animal. It's also a love story. The novel is set at a time when political control of the north of Scotland was officially under the kingdom of Norway. Meanwhile more southerly Scots were seeking power, marrying into powerful Norse families and taking control of northern lands. Amid the tussle between pagan Vikings and Christian Scots, the indigenous pre-Christian culture comes under pressure. Brigid, a shaman, is cast out of her home village and must struggle to survive.
The Last Bear won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award for environmental writing when it was first published by Two Ravens Press in 2008. It is structured according to the old version of the Gaelic Tree Alphabet and treelore is woven into every chapter.
If you have enjoyed my other historical novels, you'll love this one! Treat yourself!