I am delighted to have joined the brilliant WoMentoring Project as a mentor. Applications are open, so if you’re a new or emerging writer, or you’re looking to change field, or you’d like more peer feedback, or you need advice from someone who has been an editor and a publisher as well as an author, please do apply! I can’t wait to start work with my new mentees.
This was a special showcase night for Book Week Scotland from the brilliant NessBookFest team, combined with an Inverness Waterstones launch for The Growing Season. A wonderful evening!
A celebration of books for Book Week Scotland and my Aberdeen launch for The Growing Season! Thank you, Waterstones Aberdeen, for a brilliant event. Full details and more about Book Week Scotland here.
I loved reading from The Growing Season, answering questions and signing books in the beautiful Picaresque Books in Dingwall – there was even festive spiced apple punch, and a gorgeous bunch of flowers! They know how to make an author feel special.
Fascinating panel discussion and great audience questions about publishing, all arranged by the fab Claire Askew, Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.
I loved my time at the Dundee Book Festival talking about ‘The Art of Science’ with the brilliant Kaite Welsh.
This was the perfect Highland launch for The Growing Season! Wonderful to see so many friend there, and my aunt Karen even came all the way from Australia…
I had a wonderful time at this beautiful bookshop, with such an engrossing discussion I think we could have gone on all night!
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the launch – it was the perfect way to welcome The Growing Season into the world.
I was thrilled to head back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where I was reading from The Growing Season and talking with the brilliant Sarah Moss. Photo by Michael Gallacher aka twistyfoldy.net
I had a fantastic time speaking at Solas Festival this year, previewing The Growing Season to the best audience I could imagine – writers, friends, and new acquaintances who all seemed as fascinated with the (so far) fictional technology of the ‘baby pouch’ as I am. I hope the novel will get such a good reception!
XpoNorth was brilliant this year, and I was on the panel Northern Networks: Publishing and Writing in the Highlands and Islands. It was great to discuss the vibrant writing and publishing scene in the Highlands with author Barbara Henderson, Sandstone Press and Cranachan Publishing, and Gill Tasker from Publishing Scotland.
Absolutely loved my time on Skye for a book reading and Q&A. The weather was beautiful, and I’ve never seen Skye looking so spectacular. I read from The Comet Seekers and gave a sneak preview of my new novel, The Growing Season. Thank you to everyone at the Skye Reading Room for this fantastic visit!
It was such a pleasure to be part of the brilliant line-up to celebrate the launch of 404 Ink at Aye Write.
Christmas in the lovely Waterstones Edinburgh, with cakes and fizz and a stellar line-up of readings from the likes of Mary Paulson-Ellis, Martin MacInnes, Shelley Day and me!
Gliterary Lunches are as sparkly as you would imagine from the name – wonderful food, chandeliers, candles, fizz, and (in Glasgow this November) readings from myself and the brilliant Carys Bray, all chaired wonderfully by Karen Campbell! Here’s the room before the 200 guests arrived… And the great news is they run throughout the year in cities around the UK – read all about it here.
Such a joy to give a Christmas reading in the beautiful Waterstones on Byres Road in Glasgow – and I even read a passage from Comet Seekers with the word Christmas in it. All expertly chaired by Kirsty Logan… Thanks everyone for being there!
For Book Week Scotland I gave a reading in the lovely Broughty Ferry Library, followed by a fascinating Q&A with Anna McFarlane. I loved every second – thank you for inviting me, Dundee Libraries and Scottish Book trust!
Book Week Scotland in Inverness, and I was on a panel talking about literary prizes and putting yourself out there. Great write up from Aoife Lyall here!
I had such a great time at the new Inverness Book Festival, NessBookFest! You can keep up to date with the plans here, and I for one am looking forward to next year already.
I had such a wonderful time in Oban! I was there to give a book reading, signing and Q&A at the beautiful Waterstones. They’d made a gorgeous display of The Comet Seekers, accompanied by celestial notebooks, flowers, astronaut badges, solar system puzzles and glow in the dark stars! And then they brought out the heavenly homemade comet-themed cakes… Let’s just say I’m very keen to go back soon. Thank you, Waterstones Oban!
I loved appearing at the Dingwall Word On The Street Book Festival in October! As my local book festival I was particularly excited and pleased to have an event and book signing in the beautiful Picaresque Books. The whole day was a literary and wonderfully friendly joy.
I really enjoyed taking part in the New Scottish Writing event at Durham Book Festival, with the wonderful Lucy Ribchester and Shelly Day Sclater.
Huge thank you to everyone who came along to my Inverness book launch – I had such a brilliant night! And thanks to Waterstones Inverness for excellent hosting and window displays too.
Wigtown was as beautiful as I remembered, with such an inspiring book festival – we even found the time for a few days camping afterwards. Gorgeous!
My Edinburgh book launch was an absolute joy – thank you so much to everyone who came along, and to Waterstones on Princes Street in Edinburgh, for a superb evening. You can look through lots of photos from the event by Chris Scott here.
The Comet Seekers was launched in Waterstones Argyle Street in Glasgow. It was a launch party with a difference – wine, fizz, plenty of time to chat, with a short reading from me and some book signings… and there was a huge comet cake as a surprise! But mostly it was a chance to celebrate with friends and family, old and new. Thanks to Michael Gallacher (twistyfoldy.net) for the photos, and thank you to everyone who came along – it was wonderful!
I loved talking at the brilliant Edinburgh Book Fringe, which took place in Word Power Books, Edinburgh. Our event was called The Science That Inspires, and I was talking with authors Jane Alexander and Viccy Adams about our science-inspired novels, covering topics of astronomy, time travel, and virtual reality. Huge thanks to Elaine at Word Power Books for inviting us to speak!
Such a joy to speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival! The whole programme was superb, and it was great to speak to so many people afterwards at my book signing too. The Comet Seekers is up for the First Book Award, so if you read it and enjoyed it you can vote for me if you’d like to.
I really enjoyed teaching my Pitch and Plot workshop at Grrrl Con in Edinburgh. It was a great weekend of events, full of talented new writers and inspiring ideas and stories. For other events they run, click here. And there’s a brilliant write-up of the event, written by Heather McDaid, here!
It was a joy to talk at Alex Clark’s Rising Stars event at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, and so nice to meet my fellow panellists (left to right) Alex Clark (our host), Lissa Evans, Susie Steiner, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, and Harry Parker. I’m the one in the green top.
It was great to talk to all the writers at Write Like A Grrrl in Edinburgh – big thanks to Claire Askew for inviting me as guest speaker for the Q&A.