May – the month of blossoms & book festivals

The new literary Prize for Scottish writers of colour

Who will be the winner of these six short listed authors? It is so exciting to see this event hosted at Ayewrite, the second largest book festival in Scotland.

I had to grab this photo from Insta. Now this is social media platform like TIK TOK that many are using that I am still not au fait with. What a talented group of writers we have found in this very first year of the prize! All six are wonderful writers of different genres, poetry, plays, fiction, nonfiction. The three judges were impressed with the standard of submissions. I can’t wait to see who the winner is!

May has been another busy month. I had an event with other poets at AyeWrite with the anthology to celebrate the centenary of George Mackay Brown, the bard of Orkney. ‘Beyond the Swelkie’ is a wonderful anthology and I was chuffed to have a poem in it along with some of the eminent poets of Scotland. I also went along to support debut writers at Ayewrite. It was so good to get back to a kind of ‘normal’ meeting people at a book festival and at book launches. I adjudicated the short story prize, the President’s Cup, at Eastwood Writers on a dreich stormy afternoon but was uplifted by the entries and the warmth of that writers’ group who meet every week to hone their craft.

Lots more events are coming up soon. The Milngavie Week in June has an event I enjoy. Adjudicating Flash Fiction competition by young writers at Douglas Academy. It is wonderful to see creative writing is encouraged by the school with a lunch time club that is popular. I also have an event with another friend and local crime fiction writer Myra Duffy for Milngavie Week.

Did I say blossoms? My garden overflows with gorgeous azaleas, rhododendrons, and so many flowers that the gift for eyes and soul by Mother Nature is such a balm to all of us. Our clematis is spreading all over the trees in the woods behind our house and greets me every morning as I look out the window with its pale pink flowers strewn over them like garlands of love. I can’t ask for more.

See you all in June!

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