Writing Tips from the Blogosphere #1

Friends often ask me whether I have read books on how to write for children and I have to confess that I have only read one, Pamela Cleaver’s Writing a Children’s Book: How to Write for Children and Get Published , which is concise […]

By |May 29th, 2009|Advice for Writers and Illustrators, Books and Publishing|Comments Off on Writing Tips from the Blogosphere #1

Back from Arvon

An inspirational week at Totleigh Barton in Devon

I disappeared off the radar last week to attend in a five day Arvon residential writing course in deepest rural Devon and I am still buzzing from the amazing time I had. Not only was the setting spectacular (an ancient thatched-roof manor house to sleep […]

By |May 29th, 2009|Books and Publishing, Inspirations|Comments Off on Back from Arvon

Parade Artists Spring Sale

Original artworks and crafts direct from the people who made them!

Parade Artists, the collective of artists and makers resident in the WASPS Factory, Glasgow, are holding their second annual Spring Sale in the Gallery at 77 Hanson Street on Saturday, May 16 from 11am to 5pm and Sunday the 17th from noon to 4pm. […]

By |May 15th, 2009|Events, News|Comments Off on Parade Artists Spring Sale

Book News

Two pieces of news have given me a warm glow this week.

Ever so often I receive a lovely package from Margaret K. McElderry Books in New York containing a copy of the latest printing of You Have to Write by Janet […]

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Gayle Forman and Carmen Reid in Glasgow

Ever since I was chomped by the writing bug, I have made it my business to attend as many author appearances and read as much children’s fiction as I can. It’s all part of acquainting myself with the writing side of the children’s and young adult book industry. And anything that involves venturing out of […]

By |May 13th, 2009|Books and Publishing, News|Comments Off on Gayle Forman and Carmen Reid in Glasgow

New Website Gallery

I have been hard at work on my website recently, upgrading some functions and modernising it a bit. My recent Dreamweaver training is starting to make sense. It has been a bit of a learning curve but I am getting my brain around it and looking forward to learning even fancier stuff to put on […]

By |May 11th, 2009|News|Comments Off on New Website Gallery

The Robert Burns Banner Project

For those of you reading this from outside Scotland, the poet Robert Burns may be vaguely familiar from high school or college literature classes, as he was to me. Only when I moved to Scotland did I find out what a superstar Burns is in this country and to people all over the world who […]

By |May 6th, 2009|News|Comments Off on The Robert Burns Banner Project

Bluebell Heaven

Happy May Day!

Every year I am moved by the reappearance (and reassurance) of spring’s return. In late winter the crocus and snowdrops promise the end of the snow, cold and dark times. Glasgow’s temperate climate means we see oceans of daffodils in early March, if not even a bit earlier, and then the time of […]

By |May 1st, 2009|Inspirations|4 Comments