Friday, August 22, 2014

26 Atlantic Crossings Launched!

Another amazing 26 project has its launch day - and you don't even have to go to Prince Edward County to see the exhibition*, because there's a free download of the very lovely ebook HERE!

The project paired up Canadian artists with British writers and the results were 26 works of art and 26 sestudes (pieces of writing exactly 62* words long).  My artist was Sharon Fox Cranston, we are on pages 28 - 29 - and you are cordially invited to have a look!

(I'm hoping to have photos from the folk on the spot, and will be posting them here as soon as they, er, cross the Atlantic.)

* But if you are lucky enough to be close by, here's the poster - 

** 62 being 26 backwards, and 26 being the number of letters in the alphabet ... 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

When I am Old I Won't Just Wear Purple

I watched a programme on TV called Poets: In Their Own Words, which included snippets from a 1959 interview with Edith Sitwell.  She has been a hole in my education but now, I have a new role model for encroaching age.  Please, for your own pleasure, drop in on the whole interview here - and in the meantime, some photos of that face - 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Leif Day!

It's a double birthday for Leif Frond -

To find out more about this new Viking hero(ish), have a look at the Books Page of my website and click on each cover for extracts, blurbs, did you knows? and all sorts!

Now for some cake ...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Writer-in-Residence (61) Commits Sound Bites

Here's me in The Courier -

Click on the picture several times to get it to a readable size!

It was a fun format to do - lots and lots of First and Last questions and then they picked the ones they liked.  And, really, the headline says it all!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

River Ericht

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Photoshoot and a Misunderstanding

The best way not to be nervous about having your picture taken is to have it taken as somebody else.  Enter Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle, striking heroic, elderly poses, yomping about in the heather in a skirt the size of Birmingham, and consorting with scarecrows.  I'd like to see that, you say?

You can - here.  Painting with Shadows is the blog of Kim Ayres, Photographer Extraordinaire.  On our shoot, which was at all times deadly serious, except for the times when it wasn't, I managed to take a few photos myself, of Kim striding about and generally getting the sunset and landscape organised -

and of Renita Boyle balancing her super-size top hat on her glasses before leaping up onto a rock as Turniphead -

My own costume included a hat and ENORMOUS skirt borrowed from the Blairgowrie Players, my father's bird-headed stick, and a big blue scarf clothes-pegged round at the back.

And the misunderstanding?  Well, on another topic altogether, I learned about a request for books for prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs and sent a couple of my sci-fi novels for reluctant readers.  And then forgot about it.  And was then bemused when an email landed on my screen with the subject line "Book Rooms in Prison" ... I thought it was some sort of weird holiday offer.  It's only when you stop reading "Book" as a verb that it starts to make sense.  To find out how to take part, without moving in, look here.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nostalgia and Dotting

I was thinking about where I was, round about this time last year, and re-visiting the photos of Roshven.  

I remember that spectacularly strange sunset -

This year is full of other good things, of course, but nostalgia still creeps in from time to time.

Today I am dotted about the place:
        An Awfully Big Blog Adventure 
        Girls Heart Books
        Reading Bus Patron
(and the weekly Friday Spark over on the BOOKMARK website)

I leave you with an otter splash -