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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 […]

Hosting Happyness

January 20, 2013

The last two months have been pretty hectic in the world of Sam. There was Xmas, some jamming, some hosting, a good chunk of writing, a promise to myself, and the prospect of some far flung travel. There was also an invite to become an ambassador for the charity Helensburgh Heroes. Christmas was quieter than […]

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 […]

The Winds of Change

December 1, 2012

With Windscape finally printed and on release I began putting together a bit of a kid’s roadshow, where I get to talk about the new book and the topics it covers: the wind farm debate, friendship, racism and bullying. I tried this new author presentation out in a few great schools and it seemed to […]

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 […]

Eagles and the Big Draw

October 22, 2011

The month of October has been nothing short of a blessing. Book drafts were finished off and a nice break on the Cowal Penisula meant we had some great sightings of Sea Eagles and some truly superb meals. Apart from our own nosh at the Kilfinan post office, we managed to visit some of the […]