I always feel emotional when a year draws to a close. This year my normal melancholy is magnified in knowing that 2020 has been at the very least horrendous for everyone. For some, the impact of the pandemic has been crippling and overwhelming. Life changing. That sadness is weighting the sky. It can only hold… Continue reading Almost Then, Twins, Iron Women and 2021.
I'm delighted to announce that Linen Press has signed my second novel, Almost Then, and will publish it in early 2021. Almost Then belongs to twin sister and brother Rathlin and Breacàn Doherty. Despite their closeness, the twins have carved out lives in isolation of one other, having reacted differently to the same childhood tragedy. They… Continue reading ‘Almost Then’ to be published in early 2021.
We all need a wee bit of escapism now more than ever and books are one way to shut off from the world and delve into a different space for as long as you need to. It's really difficult to concentrate on creative projects at the moment so if you are finding it hard to… Continue reading Hear all about it on the @ReadAllAbout20 podcast.
'The Women Who Built Glasgow City' film on air in April.
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!