Scottish

A Countrywoman’s Diary

A Countrywoman’s Diary Bessie Skea The richness and timelessness of Skea’s prose draws the reader into the Orcadian landscape, gently lifting the veil of seeing out of habit rather than looking from their eyes. Bessie takes the reader through the seasons with joy, with humour and with an eye that is determined in the act […]

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Rise

RISE This is the opening of my screenplay Rise, winner of the 2018 George Mackay Brown Writing Competition. It was inspired by two Margaret Tait poems, Queen on Horseback and Face-kicking, both from her collection The Hen and the Bees. An audio recording of Queen on Horseback is also available at at the Scottish National Poetry Library sound archive. [...]Read more of Rise...

Making of the Man

The Making of the Man Inspired by J Storer Clouston – front cover image for Carrington’s Cases & the title from A Lunatic at Large. In another era his face would have been less conspicuously out of place. He could have been bulbous-nosed and peeled-wally without much undue attention coming his way. even the strands [...]Read more of Making of the Man...

Orkney & Links

Orkney Writing Community There's such richness in the landscape and the people here, such encouragement for any endeavour. I've found time for writing – even when it's seemed quite impossible. There's silence enough for thinking and writing, and then there's sharing and laughing. Writing is a serious business, but it must be regularly laughed at with friends [...]Read more of Orkney & Links...

Book Club Questions: The Oystercatcher Girl

The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby General Questions Is The Oystercatcher Girl a romance? Is there a hero or heroine in The Oystercatcher Girl? Whose life changes most because of what happened on the night of the party? What role does the landscape have in shaping the narrative of The Oystercatcher Girl? Is there any […]

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