Rewind all the way back to 2010. I'm lost. I'm angry, a result of what I witnessed one dark night in 1998. That kind of violence changes a person, makes them cold and distant. Somehow, along the way, I've become a troll long before the term was invented. Ask me, however, and I'll tell you… Continue reading A tale of ten years
2019 was a year when the changes hinted by 2018 finally came to pass. Thank you 2018, you rotten bugger. Anyway, my Favourite Things have been arranged in a list format, and they’re all practically interchangeable so there's no countdown. 2019 has been a strange year, so it goes without saying that without these Favourite… Continue reading My Favourite Things Of 2019
Nothing I write can do justice to the influence of this one building on my life, but my blog would have nothing on it if I didn't try, so here I go: I'm trying. Cumbernauld Theatre has always been there for me. A reassuring presence in the background, easily spotted from the window of the… Continue reading A Secret History Of Cumbernauld Theatre
The Saturday night time slot on BBC1 has always been traditionally family-oriented. It was where Doctor Who sat snugly for decades. By the 90s, with Doctor Who temporarily rested (except in the New Adventure novels), there was space for something else. Something...glossier. Something American. Superman made sense for Saturday night television. But the Superman TV… Continue reading Lois & Clark, I still love you. Oh yes I do!
Some authors are so good that I'll literally drop whatever I'm doing to rush off to a bookshop so I can get their latest novel. However, it isn't always that easy, if only because not all bookshops stock the authors I stalk. One example is Arthur Nersesian. I love his fiction ardently. His writing style… Continue reading The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club
Your first gig is a rite of passage you never forget. For me, it was Babes In Toyland at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. Except it wasn't, because this itineration was actually Kat Bjelland without her Nemesisters. But this was as close as I could get to one of my new favourite bands. Yes, I… Continue reading Living in the time of Angelica
On occasion, I'm called upon by forces high above to appear at festivals. I make money from live events (though you'll never see me because I tour schools) and have done ever since Conjuring The Infinite was released. One of my favourite festivals is The Edinburgh International Book Festival. God, it makes me feel important.… Continue reading Adventures At The Edinburgh International Book Festival