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Archive for the ‘Children's books’ Category

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, […]

A Busy Weekend

May 10, 2014

New Children’s Novel released on Kindle… This book is set in 1973, and reflects some of the attitudes of the time. Although none of the characters or settings are real, being dark skinned then, in the West of Scotland, had its drawbacks. Racism and sectarianism were simply part of growing up. A great adventure for […]

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 […]

Heroes and Projects

May 19, 2013

It’s been crazy over the last few months. Lots of traveling – to Lanzarote, Belfast, London, Duns, Biggar and then back to Helensburgh. I find out that Lanzarote is a lot more than a collection of semi-dormant volcanos, it has some of the best wildlife I’ve seen in The Canaries. For example, the great grey […]

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 […]

Wind Farms – a balanced view?

January 13, 2013

The whole point of writing the book WINDSCAPE was to get a balanced view of the wind farm debate. Yes, the book is basically a children’s adventure story, but I wanted to explore the topic through the tale. This was initially for my own benefit, as I could see both sides of the debate. As […]

iPads, Writing books and Playing Gigs

August 21, 2012

Okay, so I got an iPad and instantly wanted it to do stuff I really couldn’t. The iPad is great for video, music and all sorts of stuff, but I wanted it to help me write books, give me lyrics, be a MULTI track recorder etc. But guess what? It actually did the lot. The […]