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.
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.
I'm delighted to be taking part in a few events over the next wee while. First up, on Thursday 31st of May, I'll be at home on Rathlin chairing an event with the acclaimed Irish novelist Bernie McGill as part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival. Bernie will be reading from her brilliant Rathlin Island based… Continue reading Summer chat, upcoming events.
ONE of Scotland’s leading independent production companies, purpleTV, today (15 May) revealed it is to produce a landmark television documentary on the life of Tommy Burns. purpleTV, based in Glasgow, made the announcement this morning on the tenth anniversary of Tommy’s death, after a courageous fight with skin cancer. The film will be shown on… Continue reading Tommy twists, Tommy turns, Tommy, Tommy Burns 💚
I'm really thrilled that Tannadice 87, the purpleTV film I wrote, produced and directed for broadcast on BBC ALBA, has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Scotland award in the Best Sport Programme category. I've won this award twice before, and had several nominations so it's always great to know that the hard work… Continue reading Royal Television Society Scotland award nomination #Tannadice87
You rush past the mirror in the hall, ignoring its pleas to second-guess you, question your existence, challenge your choice of clothes, your make-up, your hair. You are nineteen, your freshly washed hair brushed and falling down your back, your face cleansed and without make-up, your underwear clean but old, your shorts cut down from… Continue reading When You Don’t Believe You but #IBelieveHer, a short story of protest.