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Basque Country Writing

July 7, 2014

Inclement weather aside, this ‘part of Spain’ is a complete revelation. Green fields, sandy beaches and amazing food. All very good for my creative juices, dear Publisher. With the new Eden Seed out this month my mind has been deep in marketing mode. Where do I start? Is this all down to me or does […]

The Slemish Snakes

June 11, 2014

The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick, chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of Slemish Hill. I passed the hill today, a mini Ayers Rock, which juts out of the […]

The Clouds of Cushendall.

June 10, 2014

Cushendall village is the meeting point of three glens: Glenann, Glenballylemon and Glencorp. Perched on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland, this was once a sword producing town that made the best of the best. Star of ‘Rob-Roy MacGregor’, swashbuckling Liam Neeson has a wee home here and often frequents the local pubs. Great choice, […]

Spring into Summer

June 8, 2014

Lots going on just now. Just had a great night with some old rock pals from the 80s and 90s. Hamie from the band Heavy Pettin and Neil and Davie from the band Glasgow , my regular drummer and pal Craig, Deke – renowned sax player, belt it oot Barsy, Allan Russell, George Douglas and […]

Imagineering in Africa

November 10, 2013

September and October were busy with after school clubs and festivals. I was delighted to present at the Lanark Children’s Book Festival in September where around 150 children got to use their imagination, and learn a little more about the wind farm issues here in Scotland. I also attended the BLOODY SCOTLAND thriller festival where […]

Autumn Approaches

September 17, 2013

September has been a busy one as usual. It kicked off with an energised visit to the fabulous New Lanark Heritage site. 250 children to entertain and educate, and the whole world at my feet. See pic. The kids from the surrounding schools were tops, with loads of great questions about Bears, Bands and Books. […]

Summer 2013 – Travel and Write

August 16, 2013

Summer is the time I recharge my batteries and get stuck into some new writing. In Croatia, I wrote the core of a new thriller called Parasite. It still has another 25,000 words to go, but at least I know where I’m going now. I’ve plotted the basic structure and flow for the remainder. I’ve […]

The Squashed Worm and Bramble Pie

March 25, 2013

This month began with a nasty form of lurgie. I felt awful but after 3 days of Lemsips and honey, I pulled myself out of bed at 5 am, still feeling miserable, and headed down to London. After a few fraught meetings in the mansions of power, negotiating with marketing and sales, I managed to […]

Prawn and Pomegranate Soup

January 25, 2013

Trying this new fasting diet and today is one of those days. Looking round the kitchen I decided to use what I could find quickly. The prawns seem to be fairly low calorie and the rest is just veg and a stock cube. I need to keep under 600 calories. The prawns, 100g, we’re 89 […]

Roast Chicken with Pomegranate and Chorizo Salad

January 20, 2013

Sunday dinner at our house is always a struggle. Niggling teenagers, over sensitive girls, over aggressive boys, the horror moans are flying in all directions, so… Here’s one that doesn’t really effect all that but is nice to munch on during world war three. Take your chicken and place breast down in a roasting pan. […]