Tag: Cumbernauld


  • A secret history of Cumbernauld Town Centre

    A secret history of Cumbernauld Town Centre

    Cumbernauld Town Centre eats pigeons alive. They find their way into the guts of the building, flying into windows and walls, slamming so hard they drop to the floor. Residents of Cumbernauld sympathise, because we often feel like we’re hitting walls too. It wasn’t always this way. Town planners trying to find space for the […]

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  • Scotlit Blog Interview

    Scotlit Blog Interview

    One of the earliest supporters of Happiness Is Wasted On Me was Scotlit Daily, the blog dedicated to all things literary in Scotland. They’ve tirelessly championed the Scottish scene and thank goodness for that. Last week we chatted about the book and Scotland’s publishing scene, plus a few topics that you’ll hopefully find interesting…

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  • Tickets for Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories are on sale now!

    Tickets for Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories are on sale now!

    Tickets for The Book Nook’s first live gig *it’s me* are now available! It’s going to be a brilliant night, and we want it to be a success, so please snatch tickets now. Details are available on The Book Nook’s site: Events This is my first live event in two years and the first ever […]

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  • Library Lurking in Scotland

    Library Lurking in Scotland

    I live in a strange area which I won’t specifically mention because I’m still hiding from the debt collectors, but it feels very apart from everywhere else. The transit system is infrequent, with buses forgetting to pass by on their route, but when they come, they take me to Glasgow, Stirling, and Falkirk. All of […]

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  • Adventures Close To Home!

    Adventures Close To Home!

    Last year I was forced to launch my book digitally. I really wanted to have the experience of a live book launch in a shop, but I actually enjoyed myself. Putting together a set of clips, turning my ideas into something visual, structuring a small film…well, I enjoyed it. So I’m doing it again. On […]

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  • Book Week Scotland!

    Book Week Scotland!

    This week is Christmas for authors, really. I’ve been stuck in my house seething at the Covid-19 lockdown that’s keeping its heel on our throats, but still trying to keep busy. A few weeks ago I had my live digital launch, which mostly went rather well, if you ignore the bit at the start where […]

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  • My new book is out today!

    My new book is out today!

    After months of delays due to Covid-19, my first novel for adults is finally out. Happiness Is Wasted On Me is a book I wanted to write, but more than that…it’s a book I needed to write. Somehow, it just happened. Now it’s available to buy and order from bookshops on your high street and […]

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  • The big book launch!

    The big book launch!

    I can’t launch Happiness Is Wasted On Me at a bookshop, sadly, but safety first and all that jazz. At the same time, I don’t want to sit on a chair looking at a laptop with a nice background. I’m seeing it too much. It’s boring. So… I’ve decided to do something a bit different […]

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  • A Secret History Of Cumbernauld Theatre

    A Secret History Of Cumbernauld Theatre

    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 […]

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  • ReimagiNation

    ReimagiNation

    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, […]

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