Last night team Thunderpoint made a group appearance at Waterstones Byres Road as part of the Byres Road Book Festival. Myself, Kevin Scott and Andrew C Ferguson read from our novels, chatted to one another about character, plot and processes and answered questions from a very inquisitive and quite brilliant sold out audience. It's always… Continue reading Thunderpoints are Go!
I was delighted to be asked to feature on Shirley Whiteside's weekly book radio show "Booked" to talk about The Birds That Never Flew and my other writing. There's also some fantastic tunes to ease you through your Sunday afternoon. The show will air on Sunday the 19th of March at 2pm on Pulse 98.3FM.… Continue reading Booked on Pulse 98.3FM
While it may appear that I've been quiet on the writing front (my latest novel is progressing well, but is still a work in progress) I have been incredibly busy writing, producing and directing another project. My latest film, 'Jimmy Johnstone' was premiered at the IMAX cinema in Glasgow on Monday 19th of September to a… Continue reading Writing brilliant characters in fiction and creative non-fiction; a real privilege.
I had an interesting chat recently about point of view and how writers use different voices in their writing. The Birds That Never Flew regularly switches between first and third person narrative voices. I used this approach because it feels natural to me and the way I write. I enjoy the intensity of the first person narrative; the intimacy of the voice,… Continue reading Finding your voice in fiction. Writing the POV that’s true to you.
Okay, so the headline is misleading but perhaps you'll forgive me in my excitement. It was indeed my Edinburgh International Book Festival debut as an author. That's true, completely and utterly. Here's the proof... The Birds That Never Flew was at the festival, on sale in the official book store. And I was there, alongside… Continue reading My Edinburgh International Book Festival debut…
Thursday was a massive day. The second edition of my novel, The Birds That Never Flew, was launched at Waterstones in Glasgow and the event was quite beautiful. Despite my apprehension that no-one would turn up (fanny!) the venue was bustling with people; family, friends, fellow writers and Thunderpoint novelists and even a few folk just interested to… Continue reading As my wee birds fly the Scottish nation nests in yellow…
I'm really excited to announce that a second edition of The Birds That Never Flew will be published by Thunderpoint at the end of April. You can pre-order a copy, with it's lovely new spring jacket and mention of the Polari First Book longlist, here. I'll be reading from the novel at Waterstones in Argyle Street… Continue reading The Birds That Never Flew, 2nd edition