My home town of Dunfermline may only recently have acquired a Heritage Quarter but it has never lacked heritage: King Robert the Bruce of Bannockburn fame has his name emblazoned around the abbey tower; more recently Andrew Carnegie lavished quite a few of his millions on the place of his birth, equipping us with the … Continue reading A Lot of Linen Going On
Sometimes something just feels right. Having toiled for what has seemed like aeons over my fictional version of the Hill and Adamson partnership, I looked at what I had a few weeks ago and realised it was finished – maybe not totally ready for publication, but the beginning and end felt right and the middle … Continue reading Signed with Linen Press – In the Blink of an Eye
Having seen my historical short story Silver Harvest shortlisted several times without ever making the winners’ enclosure, I was beginning to suspect that even if competitions were ‘welcoming’ all genres, there was a reluctance to give the overall prize to a historical piece. I’m happy to say my suspicions have been allayed , since on Friday … Continue reading A win for historical fiction – and me!
D.O. Hill’s daughter Chattie is best known from the iconic portrait taken near the start of her father’s partnership with Robert Adamson, but we have very few further calotype images of her (calotyping was too expensive for regular ‘family shapshots’) . All we know from the playful letters, notes and sketches her father made for … Continue reading ‘Poor Chattie’ comes to Novel Nights
I first ran into Jane when someone recommended her historical novel ‘I Stopped Time’ which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved ‘An Unchoreographed Life’, a contemporary novel about a dancer and single mother. But as well as being a great writer with seven published novels to her name, Jane is an example to all ‘indie’ authors … Continue reading An interview with Jane Davis (and free novel offer!)
Going to the first ever St Andrews Photography Festival was such a thrill, only part of which was having my first ever one woman show. I’m happy to say the show was everything I wanted it to be with an attentive and appreciative audience. But in a way the real thrill was discovering I wasn’t the only one … Continue reading To healthy obsessions
“Celebrating 175 Years of Photography in the home of Scottish Photography”. When I found out about the first St Andrews Photography Festival taking place this summer, I had a pang of regret that I wouldn’t be there to see it. However, in an unexpected turn of events, I will actually be part of it as I’ve … Continue reading St Andrews Photography Festival – being part of it