Castlehill: entre Lumières écossaises et Contre-Révolution…

I am very proud to have an essay published in a new book, just out at the end of December 2022. « Seignelay Colbert de Castlehill (1735-1811): Un évêque entre Lumières écossaises et Contre-Révolution » is published by the Presses de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. Edited and introduced by Alain Alcouffe, it comprises articles or … More Castlehill: entre Lumières écossaises et Contre-Révolution…

new blog post for the Society of Authors

I’ve written a blog post for the Society of Authors in Scotland about using archives in writing: you can find it at this link: I used archives extensively for both my books: “Daughters of the North” involved reading 16th century letters and documents, while “Josephine Tey” involved a wide variety of 20th century archives. … More new blog post for the Society of Authors

May events: photos

Last week I did three talks, at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, for Haddo Arts at Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, and at the Aye Write book festival in Glasgow. After 2+ years of limited travel and few in-person events due to covid, it was great to see different places and people. Thank you very … More May events: photos

The Novel Cure

There has been a bit of a break in normal reading and writing over the last week or so, as unfortunately I’ve not been well. Not covid, but apparently the easing of lockdown restrictions has meant that lots of other nasty germs are also now circulating. I picked up “The Novel Cure” a few years … More The Novel Cure

The Days

I have two new poems in the Spring-Summer 2021 issue of Northwords Now magazine, which is out now. You can view or download the whole magazine for free at – they have just updated their website and it is well worth checking out: you can even browse back issues, including the last edition which … More The Days