Saturday, March 18, 2017

Silver Skin in The Orcadian!

Here's a lovely article by Leah Seator in The Orcadian about Silver Skin and the Scottish Teenage Book Prize (if you click on it you can make it go bigger) from a week back -


Really pleased about that!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March Mal

There are many ways of telling that spring is finally on its way - blossoming trees, enthusiastic sparrows, snowdrops and crocuses and the first of the daffodils.  Or the way a particular kind of afternoon light catches a sleepy cat.







Happy Season Change to us all!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Some more Outer Hebrides photos

More photos in from my Outer Hebrides visit - this time courtesy of Castlebay Primary and Eoligarry Primary on Barra -




It was fun - thanks for having me!

Monday, March 06, 2017

School Visits in the Outer Hebrides

A few photos of lots of great days!





Many thanks to Paible School, Liniclate School, Daliburgh School, Castlebay School and Eoligarry School for having me!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Out to the Outer Hebrides

I've got photos from the various school events of my Outer Hebrides visit coming, but first, some where I'm behind the camera - my favourite place, believe me!








Friday, March 03, 2017

Slightly Jones on World Book Day!

Look at this! It's Indiana Dundas dressed as Slightly Jones (from The Case of the Hidden City) for World Book Day!



Indiana, you are a star!  (And I love your boots.)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why I Write

I've talked before about my job at Dundee University - I'm an RLF Fellow helping students with essays, planning, exam writing - anything and everything to do with words and the taming of them.  It's a great job and the RLF is a great organisation which, among so many other things, also produces short podcasts of writers talking about their work - things like how and why they write, the books that have influenced them, how writing changes the writer. 

And this week, I join them.  Here is my podcast on Why I Write.  Me, speaking very slowly, and being ver-y care-ful to e-nun-ci-ate ...