Summer has whizzed by and autumn is well on its way. July passed by quickly, with my adjudications of Federation of Writers Scotland’s Vernal Equinox Competition and the Short Story competition for ‘Autumn Voices’. Also taking part in the Scottish Pen’s Penning magazine ‘Renewal’ launch was great and meeting the writers whose work I had chosen along with the board of S. PEN when I guest edited the magazine. You can read the whole issue here.
I also enjoyed taking part in Walking & Writing organised by Lapidus Scotland both at The Botanic Gardens and at The Kelvingrove Park.
August was exciting as I was invited to be on The Creative Conversations Conference, Moving the Centre: Towards a Radical Future organised at Glasgow University. It was good to connect with Suhayl Saadi and poet Luke Sutherland on the panel.
On the 14th of August I lead a workshop on ‘Using Indian Dance & Yoga as Prompts’ for the SBWN.
Then came our Bearsden Writers first Writing Festival on August 21st. The weather was dreich but the festival was a resounding success.
September looks like another busy month. Two events on the 29th, reading at Scottish Pen, followed by reading for the Open Book at the Wigtown Book Festival.
As the nights draw in it is good to be involved in various events. And I made my first bottles of apple jelly. Rather proud of that achievement. There are some wonderful festivals to look forward to from Halloween to Diwali and then Christmas. Hope you all have a good time too.