Category Archives: Books & Reading

For Helmsdale’s Sake

  After almost a week of working with and watching author Laura Marney in action as Helmsdale’s Writer in  Residence, I’m even more convinced that guest curating the writing strand of Timespan’s Serendipitous North project is my dream job. Laura’s … Continue reading

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WRITING RESIDENCY FOR LAURA MARNEY IN HELMSDALE

I’m back in Helmsdale helping to pull together the six-week writing strand of the Creative Place Award. We are hoping that Helmsdale will attract lots of other writers over the coming year to talk about their work, run workshops, or … Continue reading

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Interview with crime writer Denise Mina

If you’ve been enjoying the BBC 1 drama Field of Blood, then read my interview with Denise Mina written for Newbooks magazine where you’ll find reviews, interviews and remember why reading is what makes life worth living. Crime novelist Denise … Continue reading

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Ethan Marshall reviews Rubicon by Tom Holland (Abacus)

How good is it when you buy someone a book for Christmas, they read it, and love it so much they write a review. Here’s Ethan’s take on Rubicon: The triumph and tragedy of  the Roman Republic by Tom Holland. … Continue reading

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August is a wicked month

It’s a long time since I last read Edna O’Brien’s novel August Is A Wicked Month but always a handy title for headlines.  I’m back in ‘Raintown’ after a few days in Inverness, bleary eyed after being subjected to my … Continue reading

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An interview with Louise Welsh

New novel from author of The Cutting Room Full interview can be read in Newbooks magazine (www.newbooksmag.com) It’s late Friday afternoon and Louise Welsh welcomes me in to her Glasgow home as if she has all the time in the … Continue reading

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