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.
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.
Hugh MacDonald interviews novelist and filmmaker Margot McCuaig I was featured in the Bella Caledonia this weekend, the monthly colour magazine produced in collaboration with the National newspaper. Hugh MacDonald is a powerful writer and he made an excellent job of exploring my filmmaking, my background, my novel writing and my love of history, football culture… Continue reading “The history woman” (not a bad mantle to aspire to)
Coconut macaroon bars that shed their coating like drifting snow; rich syrupy Scottish tablet that crumbles on sweetened lips, sugary morsels shimmering in the floodlit terracing; crisps -their discarded salt sachets sinking beyond the turnstile like washed confetti; and alcohol, that swirls in the air, its familiar scent snarled by back teeth and held taut in tightening throats, its taste lingering like chlorine in a swimming pool.… Continue reading A snapshot of Scottish culture. The premiere screening of #Tannadice87.
I'll be in conversation with Professor Richard Haynes from the Stirling University Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies at a LEAP Sport Scotland / Scottish Book Trust Live Literature event tomorrow, 8th June 2016 at 18.30pm. Ironically, and quite aptly, we'll be discussing representations of gender in sport at the Stirling Boy's Club. You can book tickets here.… Continue reading Come along to my @leapsports @scottishbktrust event, 8th June.
I was incredibly thrilled to win a Royal Television Society Scotland award at a glitzy ceremony in Glasgow on the 25th of May for Jim Baxter, a documentary film I wrote, produced and directed. The film, produced by my co-owned production company purpleTV, is an intimate portrayal of the personal and professional life of Jim Baxter,… Continue reading RTS award for ‘Jim Baxter’.