New writing

Swan

She counted them on her fingers; one, two, three; like swans flying overhead with grey undersides and cloud bellies. One, two, three. A swish through the air, a brief, repeating, soft-whistling note the only thing that drew attention to the animal’s passing. From where she stood at the edge of the wood she had no […]

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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...

Book Reviews

A View of the Harbour Elizabeth Taylor The ordinary moments that make up the every day only rarely combine with excursions into a more dramatic world. Taylor rends life as it is lived, mostly trite, often within one’s own head and rarely anything close to romantic. It is not that the prosaic and sensible living [...]Read more of Book Reviews...

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...

Free Reads & Book Reviews

Free Reads This year marks the centenary of the birth of the Orcadian film maker, writer and poet Margaret Tait. Her writing was inspiration for this screenplay which won the 2018 George Mackay Brown Fellowship Writing Competition. Rise Short stories Listener – a dark Orcadian tale, winner of the 2015 George Mackay Brown Fellowship Writing Competition.. Jeopardy – [...]Read more of Free Reads & Book Reviews...