Writing Contemporary Scottish Fiction

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Tea is a serious business

Tea is a serious business

There’s more than a touch of Father Ted’s housekeeper Mrs Doyle about me. The fashion sense, obviously, the careful attention to appearance; but, most of all, I share Mrs Doyle’s love of tea. As a child, I was given cups of milky, sugared tea with Continue reading

Ordeal by Tapas

Ordeal by Tapas

I have a confession to make. I can’t stand tapas. Those little dishes of food placed in the centre of a table for a party to share. I really can’t see the point. Yes, I hear you. I don’t know what I’m missing. Actually I Continue reading

The Dog’s in Charge

The Dog’s in Charge

I seem to have acquired a dog and I’m not quite sure how it happened. Allow me to reassure you. I have not taken in a stray or lured away a neighbour’s pet with doggy treats. Rather, it is the work of my third-born. And, Continue reading

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

I am a fan of the Scottish Rugby Team. And they don’t make it easy, believe me.   But, this week-end, they made me proud to be a Scot. The annual, Calcutta Cup, played between Scotland and England, as part of the Six Nations Championship Continue reading

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

My father grew dahlias and chrysanthemums.   He didn’t just grow them. He showed them, by which I mean he entered competitions.   Always a keen gardener, he announced one evening that he was going out to see a man called Tom.   Tom, I Continue reading

IT’S PIANO TIME

IT’S PIANO TIME

In a former life, I was a pianist.   I started young, as a ballet accompanist when I was just thirteen, often playing in gloves to combat the temperatures in the barely-heated rooms. It was good money and far easier than standing behind a shop Continue reading

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

I couldn’t put it off any longer.  The tree was down, the decorations packed away – Christmas was officially over and it was time to hit the gym. And so, out came the leggings (thankfully stretchy) and the baggy t-shirt (somehow not as baggy as Continue reading

FOOLS GOLD

FOOLS GOLD

As the divine Jane Austen might have said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a completed manuscript must be in want of an active social media presence. Right you are then, Jane. Website – check Twitter profile – check Continue reading