As far as Irish patron saints go, St Patrick gets all the attention. He's a man. Enough said. However...he's not the only patron saint of Ireland and Brigid is gaining ground and momentum, particularly given her saint day is rightly being used to celebrate the creative talents of women in the arts (and all women… Continue reading Brigid's Day celebrations at Glasgow Women's Library.
It's been a busy time in sport, with a particular focus on women in sport. I'm a member of the Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board - the board was established to provide independent advice to the Minister for Public Health and Sport on female participation and awareness raising in all areas of… Continue reading .@ScotWGSB ‘Forty Minute Forum’, @RockSportDAB podcast and the #ElenaBaltacha film. #SheCanSheWill #GenerationEqual
Last Saturday, 10th of August, I was honoured to participate in an event at the inaugural Govanhill Book Festival, taking place within the broader framework of the successful Govanhill International Festival and Carnival,now in its third year. The event was billed as A Tribute To Football Legend Billy McNeill and it certainly was with fantastic contributions… Continue reading Billy McNeill; in celebration of the life of a legend.
*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT* I'm delighted to be part of the panel at this brilliant Govanhill Book Festival event in tribute to the legendary Billy McNeill. The tribute is part of the Govanhill International Festival and Carnival which runs from the 1st to the 11th of August. Ticket information can be found here. All… Continue reading A tribute to football legend Billy McNeill
My purpleTV film about the indefatigable Rose Reilly was premiered to invited VIP guests at the Everyman Cinema in Glasgow last week. After the screening, the most warm and wonderful standing ovation was followed by a Q & A with Rose and my event host Jane Dougall, and then another standing ovation. Rose makes for… Continue reading #RoseReilly, the feminist pioneer who paved the way for #SWNT.
One of the earliest photographs of me as a toddler is taken in the garden. I'm around three years old, wearing a woollen hat that's tied tightly under my chin. I'm smiling warmly towards the lens, holding a football tightly in my arms. Many years ago, I slid the black and white photograph into the… Continue reading #RoseReilly, a film about an incredible pioneer and feminist icon. Coming soon!
I'm really honoured to feature in an episode of the #OntheEngender podcast. This episode brings you highlights from day two of 'gendered representations in Scottish news' hosted by Gender Equal Media Scotland. The podcast features discussions on who makes the news - gender imbalance in the media, abuse faced by women working in the media,… Continue reading #OntheEngender podcast, Gender and Equality in the media.
I was looking for an old document in my archives earlier and stumbled on a YA short story I wrote for a Christmas special Celtic View magazine many, many years ago. It's fiction, but in a new era of women's football in Scotland it has become so very wonderfully close to the truth. My YA… Continue reading When fiction chips away and comes closer to fact…a new era in Scottish women’s football.
This last five months or so have been incredibly busy, but immensely rewarding. My Tommy Burns film, for my company purpleTV and commissioned by BBC ALBA, had its TV premiere on Friday night. Given the volume of engagement online about the film 'Tommy Burns' was soon trending on Twitter and stayed a prominent trend with… Continue reading Reflections on the making of the #TommyBurns film.
When I was a child, dolphins were a world away from us, despite our proximity to the sea. On Rathlin Island in County Antrim, Ireland, we were blessed with bods of seals and the occasional excitement of spotting the jet black sheen of a porpoise briefly appearing from the dazzling seawater. Dolphins, though, are now… Continue reading Swimming in #Rathlin’s cultural landscape