Book Week Scotland

November 19, 2014


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 1, 2014


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


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


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


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


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

Good Stuff You Should Know About: August edition

August 8, 2014


Time for another tranche of the various cultural pies I’ve been chowing into recently. All heartily recommended. Book: The Race by Nina Allan. I’ve been enjoying Nina Allan’s sharp, insightful and beautiful stories since I first encountered Microcosmos in the pages of Interzone, and the SF world has been quietly holding it’s collective breath in preparation […]

Posted in: Books, Cabaret, Short stories

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