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July, August, September

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.

West End Festival

glasgow’s west end festival 09 13th – 28th June
This is a magnificient Festival with a carnival atmoshpere. Starts with a parade and the two weeks are crammed with over 200 events. Its perfect for all the family and often the sunshines too.
I will be participating in the West End Festival with the Federation Of Writers Scotland at Hillhead Library on the 18th June. Do come and support all of us, the budding poets and writers at the event. Free at 1.30 and 3.30.I also have two bookgroup invites one on the 15th of June and another on the 17th of June. All this is such a steep learning curve and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I write because I love it and all these new things are wonderful bonuses.
How is novel 2 progressing? Well, I lost 20, 000 words as I forgot to save it on my memory stick. I feel so devastated. Need to rework the scenes in my mind and write it again.