There are musicians in bands who become faceless and nameless in the presence of their singer. It happened with Blondie, an amazing band but whose presence was obliterated the sheer star power of Debbie Harry. It happened to everyone in Sleeper, who were termed Sleeperblokes by the British music press, their identities removed as a… Continue reading Republica by Republica
There we were, laughing and chatting, when suddenly we realised we weren't alone. This isn't unusual in a public building, in our case the local library. I'd been put on a shift with Andrea and we were enjoying ourselves. I'd always found it easy to chat with Andrea, whose sense of silliness matched my own.… Continue reading Do you feel the need for tweed?
I'd heard stories about The Cumbernauld Flasher from friends but none of us really believed he existed. He was an urban legend, constantly shifting shape and location, a threat we didn't actually take too seriously. And then one day I did. Nearly a decade ago while working in Abronhill Library, close to the school where… Continue reading Mr. Magic gets on his bike
There are two types of Kylie Minogue song. The type that work and the type that don’t. Being talented as she is, Kylie definitely has more in the former category rather than the latter. Really, an argument could be made that Kylie is the greatest indie popstar ever to work an independent label. Stock Aitken… Continue reading Kylie In The ’90s
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
The second best album of 2004 was also the least likely to succeed. It's essentially a lo-fi electronic pop record that sounds like it came from a geek's bedroom. It's simple, effective, but most of all...affecting. Songs of aching hearts and thwarted love sit snugly alongside each other. This is a Cut Copy that isn't… Continue reading Bright Like Neon Love by Cut Copy
This is my obligatory social media shit post. I Tweet. I Instagram. I Face a Book. Follow me on Twitter. Follow me on Instagram. Follow me on Facebook. Don't follow me home. Thank you.
Hello! I'm appearing at Wee Write on Tuesday 6th of March. Hurrah! The Mitchell Library is one of my favourite places in the world, other than my crisp cupboard. Honestly, this is high praise. My crisp cupboard has every brand of crisp you can imagine - it's the Scottish brand of The Golden Wonder factory.… Continue reading Wee Write 2018
I've been asked to step in for Laura Ruby who couldn't make it to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year. It's nice of them to ask me because a) North of Porter was released in late 2015 so I wasn't eligible to appear this year and b) they could have asked anyone but they… Continue reading Edinburgh International Kirkland
A few months ago I was contacted by the nice people from the Edinburgh International Book Festival. They asked if I'd like to appear at a festival they had planned, an outreach programme called ReimagiNation. It would be about new towns and my name popped up. This is how the phone call went: EIBF: "Kirkland,… Continue reading ReimagiNation