Friday, July 03, 2015

Londoner for a little while

When you read this I will be in London!  Have I timed my visit perfectly to hit the heatwave?  Here's madly, truly, deeply hoping not.

I'm here for the 26 Pairs of Eyes in Performance on Saturday 4 July, and if you are within striking distance of the Foundling Museum it would be lovely to see you there.  If not, I'm posting about the project on The History Girls on Sunday 5 July, with online alternatives!

If I've not melted into a sighing puddle on some London street, I will be back in Scotland next week.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What the Internet is for!

Kittens, right?  These two furry boys will be coming to live with us in a few weeks - the gray tabby one's Mal (we think), and the brown tabby one's Toby (probably), and they and their 4 brothers and sister have been rescued and hand reared by the inimitable Patricia.  Can I stop grinning?  I can not.  Will these be the last kitten photos to be seen on this blog?  Well ...    

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Introducing ...

... the very new, very gorgeous Silver Skin website!  If I knew how to do a screen grab I'd show you the front page (but hey, even knowing the words "screen grab" is pretty good going for me.)  So click here and have a look for yourself at the work of Jamie Heitler aka the Coding God.*  

* Never mind that the learning curve required crampons at various points along the way - a bona fide CG now he is!

(I'm also over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure posting about Daniel Pennac's The Rights of the Reader - come on by!)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Weirdie Stuff

It's been ages since I played the special effects game -

So much fun!

Sunday, June 07, 2015


Fancy winning a copy of Silver Skin?  Here's your chance* -

Visit Girls Heart Books and get your entry in before Thursday 11 June 2015!

Good luck!

* as long as you live in UK or Eire.  

Saturday, June 06, 2015


Photos from the launch of Birlinn Polygon's new imprint BC - Bold Books for Curious Kids - introducing Tom Pow's Sixteen String Jack, Joe Friedman's The Secret Dog, and ...

Wonderful to see the final version! 

I love the bunting!

And you're sure you want me to sign this J.K. Rowling ...

(And if you can bear any more wittering about Silver Skin, I'm over on The History Girls, looking for a word to describe a very particular anxiety.)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Birlinn Polygon Launches Their New Imprint - BC!

Wednesday 3rd June marks the official launch of BC, Birlinn Polygon's new children's imprint - where early copies of Silver Skin in its final fabulousness will be available!  It's going to be at Waterstones West End, 128 Princes St., Edinburgh, starting at 6 pm.  Come if you can - it's going to be fun!

And in the rest of the news - this month I've been blogging about the place - 

 at The History Girls about still life painting and especially Juan Sanchez Cotan -

at Girls Heart Books about surreal library rules from 1930 -

at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure about the whole issue of issues in books in general and Silver Skin in particular.

26 Updates:

The 26 Pairs of Eyes is opening at The Foundling Museum on 4th June and will be running until 6th September AND there will be a pamphlet for sale of all of the pieces including work by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion and an overarching response by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Toni Stuart -

Recordings for 26 Under a Northern Sky are being collected as we speak -

And I've been selected to take part in 26 Children's Winters in conjunction with Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood and should be finding out what my object is any day now!

And that's more than enough for one post ...