The Return Of Songs In The Key Of: A

November 26, 2014

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Doing a bit of blog archaeology recently reminded me of an occasional feature that I used to throw out in the hope of sharing a few music suggestions (without putting in the effort of actually writing a review or anything). It’s a snapshot of what happens to be in my musical sphere on any given […]

Posted in: Music

Book Week Scotland

November 19, 2014

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In case you didn’t know (and how could you not know, don’t you pay attention to anything?) Book Week Scotland takes place next week, running from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th of November. There are literally tons of book-related events happening all over the country, so go on and get out there and celebrate Scottish books. And if […]

Posted in: Books, Events

November

November 1, 2014

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November has always been a turn-month for me. The step change from October’s sodden leaf-mould underfoot to starry skins of frost, from autumn to winter. A crisp, glittering month. A month of acknowledgement, of reset, of possibility. Over the years, I’ve done much of my best writing work at this time of the year, and this bright (if […]

Posted in: Writing

Little Shop of Speculations

October 4, 2014

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Really enjoyed my slot at The Speculative Bookshop last night. Great format, lovely audience and ace performances from all the speakers. Never much of a comics person, I nevertheless enjoyed John Lees’ introduction to horror comics and Adam Murphy’s career retrospective, and I’m loving Adam’s Corpse Talk, interviews with dug-up famous people. Leo Glaister provided a hugely […]

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Gatsby Club, Sinister Wink, Speculative Bookshop

September 23, 2014

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Got a few Glasgow-based gig type things on the immediate horizon for those that are interested in such things. First up, de Saw & Finkle have a couple of cabaret gigs: On Saturday 27th  we’re excited to be appearing at the Gatsby Club’s Worlds Of Tomorrow (7.30pm, Glasgow University Union, £14), which this time around turns its theme […]

Posted in: Cabaret, Readings

Douglas Thompson and me : Scottish Writers Centre

August 26, 2014

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One of the jewels in my already pretty sparkly and jam-packed full Worldcon (seriously it was like a Smaug’s hoard of good stuff), was bumping into fellow Glasgow-writer Douglas Thompson just before he launched his new novel, The Rhymer. This meant that I got to hear him read from what is possibly an genuinely unique enterprise […]

Posted in: Books, Events

PSA: Waterstones event

August 19, 2014

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If you’d been at the amazing Loncon3 in London this past weekend, among a myriad of genre authors , you could have seen the Jeff Vandermeer, Ann Vandermeer, Amal El-Mohtar (and me) giving talks, taking part in panels and performing readings. If you weren’t at Loncon, the good news is these guys are at the […]

Posted in: Events
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