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Glasgow’s Buzzin

The city is buzzing with ‘Aye Write’ book festival and now the exciting talk of setting up our own Scottish Writers Centre. Fantastic commitment and interest from dedicated writers and aspiring ones like me. Down South soneone came with the idea of an art gallery in an empty shop , maybe we could have our Writers Centre in one(well, my suggestion anyway).

From a friend Allan who learnt from the Oatcake appreciation Society : ‘ I have now found a theory on the oatcake site that oatcakes were introduced by soldiers returning from India. The idea is that they were impressed by ther flat breads(chapattis) they came across, but that the ingredients for some reason didn’t lend themselves to the British climate, so they changed the recipe, It was also found to be useful for miners to roll up and take in their pockets. Sounds similar to the development of the cornish pastie arounf the needs of the tin miners.’

Wow! Wish this the ‘Year of the Homecoming’ Scotland had highlighted a lot more of the connection between India and Scotland in all kinds of ways.

Aye Write

How do you convince someone to buy your novel in three minutes? Well I had a three minute slot at the Feds event at ‘Aye Write’ last evening and I’m pleased to say that all copies of my novel ‘Twice Born’ there were sold. Reading with passion is so imperative, making the characters alive so the audience could visualise the scene was important. A wonderful learning experience again.

The performance poets were fantastic, the Book Festival buzz was all around. Moir Hall looked magnificent.The compere VIV GEE lit up the evening with her humour.It was great to meet a pupil I had taught many years ago turning up to support me.