Word Off the Street

Next Saturday, 24th October, I will be taking part in an online session to showcase the launch of the new issue of Northwords Now magazine. The launch is part of Dingwall’s “Word on the Street” book festival, which this year is reimagined online as “Word Off the Street”. You can check out the full programme, … More Word Off the Street

Return to the Archives

This week, I returned to the Highland Archive Centre for the first time since lockdown. To research the biography and non-fiction that I write, I often use archives and libraries to look at original documents and reference books. Obviously all of these places have been closed over the last few months due to the coronavirus … More Return to the Archives

Romek Marber and Josephine Tey

One edition of Josephine Tey’s book “The Daughter of Time” was published in the distinctive green covers of the Penguin Crime series. A friend sent me this link the other day, to the recent obituary of Romek Marber, the designer of these classic covers: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/20/romek-marber-obituary Marber had a fascinating life, escaping from the Holocaust and … More Romek Marber and Josephine Tey

Poetry, the Inverness Victorian Market, and BBC Radio Scotland

It’s always nice when people contact me about my writing, and the other week I was happy when someone from BBC Radio Scotland’s “Our Story” history programme got in touch to ask about a poem I wrote about the Victorian Market in Inverness. I first wrote about the Victorian Market a few years ago, and … More Poetry, the Inverness Victorian Market, and BBC Radio Scotland