Tag: Scotland


  • Money matters, he said

    Money matters, he said

    The worst question you can ask an author is how much we make. Oh, the question can vary slightly, but the reply is almost always the same. “Don’t expect money if you want to be a writer,” I say, my tone always on the mild side of weary. If writers were paid by the hour […]

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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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  • Do you feel the need for tweed?

    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. […]

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  • He who lives by the sword, also lives across the street

    He who lives by the sword, also lives across the street

    The night my neighbour pulled a sword on me started off quietly enough, or about as quietly as it could living in a flat in a rundown part of town. There were always varying levels of noise. Arguments heard through thin walls were accepted and endured with all the grace I could manage. Boyracers tearing […]

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  • Coronavirus? F* *k Off!

    Coronavirus? F* *k Off!

    A few weeks ago Trump was telling people that Coronavirus was a Democrat hoax. That man perpetuates blatant fraud and gets away with it because his Twitter distracts everybody, including the press. If this virus doesn’t make Trump’s supporters understand how wholly ineffective he is as a leader, then nothing will. I wish Britain would […]

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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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  • Blood And Guts After High School: Mortal Kombat II

    Blood And Guts After High School: Mortal Kombat II

    Mortal Kombat II is still the best game in the franchise. I became a disciple of it back in the 90s…and I still love it today.

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  • Book Week Scotland Stuff

    Book Week Scotland Stuff

    I’m going to be at Grangemouth Library next Friday as part of Book Week Scotland. It’s a school visit, essentially, but it’s free so the teens can get there for free. If you’re around, pop by and watch my iconic one-man show. Last time I was in Falkirk, it went terribly wrong. Apart from the […]

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