October- Happy Book Birthday

Murder at the Mela’s birthday, published on 28 October 2020

A Covid Year has flown by and my third novel celebrates its first birthday this month. Despite the pandemic, I’ve tried my best to promote the book digitally appearing at various book festivals, events and book groups who were kind enough to invite me when they discussed MATM. DI Patel is popular and there is a cry for the next book in the series.

October also saw a hybrid use of zoom and face to face meetings at Bearsden Writers. We are all coping the best way we can with the invisible Corona virus still holding the world to ransom. Our writers group has managed a ‘Walk and Write’ meeting, a face to face workshop on ‘How to Write a Synopsis’ -the dreaded bugbear of most writers. We’ve had a Halloween Competition. My October dates in the diary were filled with writing and meeting up with friends. I met my friend’s second grandson for the first time. He is nearly a year old.

Greenock Writers invited me to give a talk on poetry. I chose the theme of ‘Burnished Leaves ‘ as it was Autumn. It was well received and the club member, Morris, wrote a lovely blog on the meeting.


October is Black History Month. I didn’t know that it had started 30 years ago in the United States. The death of George Floyd brought the month into more focus and the tireless work of eminent people like Professor Geoff Palmer is paying dividends.

I must mention Glasgow being the host of COP26. Two hundred world leaders are arriving in our city. Will it be empty words as Great Thunberg says… blah blah , blah? Or will the leaders act on their promises. Let’s wait and see.

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