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18 October 2020The Walrus Mutterer is reprinting

Good news! The Walrus Mutterer is being reprinted, so it will be available again shortly and so I've put it back into my shop so you can order a signed copy here. There is a discount if you buy all three of The Stone Stories novel trilogy (including volumes 2 and 3, The Amber Seeker and The Lyre Dancers) and I'll add in a free winter copy of my Earth Wonderings booklet - see the special offer here.

Today a short film about the research behind the novels, including a reading from each, will launch as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, at 6.30pm, followed by a question and answer session. It was filmed at Clachtoll broch and on our sailing boat, Each Mara and it will be available to watch later if you can't make the actual event. Tickets are available here.

I have a few other online events coming up.

  • An event discussing how nature (especially the woods) inspires writing as part of the Word on the Street festival with Leonie Charlton on Thursday 22 October at 1.30pm. Tickets here.
  • The launch of Northwords Now on Saturday 24 October at 1.30pm. Tickets here.
  • Kist of Thistles re-launch on Sunday 1 November at 7.30pm
  • Wild Words in the Woods - an event as part of the Being Human festival on Saturday 14 November.
  • Another Wild Words in the Woods event with Trees for life on Monday evening, 30 November.
  • A poetry reading for Scottish Book Week with Dumbarton Library, date to be confirmed.
  • And finally, the long-awaited launch of The Lyre Dancers at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay will go ahead at a date to be confirmed in December.

I hope to see you at one or more of these events. I'll post links to them here as they become available.

01 October 2020The Walrus Mutterer is out of print

The Walrus Mutterer, the first volume of the Stone Stories iron age trilogy, is no longer available from the book distributor and I have run out of copies for sale, so sadly I have had to remove it from my website shop, as well as removing the special deal on buying the trilogy of novels. It is also not available from Amazon, Hive etc, although some bookshops may still retain stock. I am waiting for a response from the publisher, Saraband, as to their intentions.

The Walrus Mutterer is already selling for more than £15 second hand. Into the Forest, my out of print poetry anthology, goes for £1500! Not that the author/editor gets anything from such transactions, of course - if you are selling a second hand copy for a profit, spare a thought about making a charitable donation to the author ;-).

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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