Archive for the ‘Readings and Signings’ Category

Publications and Events

June 14, 2012

A short story I wrote for London’s Exhibition Road will be published in July in a collection called Road Stories (Faber & Faber, 2012). This collection is appearing as part of  an enormous arts festival, the Exhibition Road Show, which will take place on Exhibition Road in July and August this year. You can find out more about the collection here. Please click the cover below for an Amazon link.

My short story, Cliff, appeared in issue 05 of Gutter Magazine. This story was on the boil for a long time, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I read this recently at the Wigtown Spring Book Weekend, and at Ayrshire’s Boswell Book Festival. The cover below clicks to Amazon.

Also forthcoming, later in 2012, is a short story in a collection called Elsewhere, to be published by Cargo. More about that here.  I’ll try and remember to post more about this nearer the publication date.

Ullapool Book Festival

March 6, 2011

I’m really looking forward to reading at this event in early May. Click here for  the festival website.

Ayr Alternative Arts Day

July 30, 2010

I’ll be reading in Ayr on September 25th as part of an all-day event at Ayr Town Hall, part of Ayrtime and the Septembayr festivals.

Authors, Jason Donald and Karen Campbell are also taking part, and throughout the day there will be African music by Seeds of Thought, an exhibition and talk by artist, Alex Norris, four monologues, and a new electronic music commission.

All free!

Click here for more details on the day.

Readings in Glasgow and Edinburgh

July 1, 2010

I’m taking a break from work at the moment to look after Ivor, but I’m doing one last reading (for a little while at least) on July 7th at the summer garden party, Baillieston Library, Glasgow, together with author Karen Campbell. Come along between 1 and 4pm!

Another date later on:

August 30th: Edinburgh International Book Festival (part of the Elsewhere project)

Sassuolo – new short story

June 20, 2010

You can now read my newest short story, Sassuolo, online at the Edinburgh International Book Festival website. Download the story as a word document here:

I’ll be speaking about the story at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 30th. The story  was commissioned by the festival as part of a project called ‘Elsewhere’, which involves authors from all over Scotland.

Sassuolo is a town in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Forthcoming Events

January 30, 2010

Apologies that it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s been a busy few months. A couple of forthcoming events in Brighton and Glasgow:

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 6pm, at The University of Sussex. Details here.

Sunday 7th March 2010, 7:45pm,  at the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow (launching the Tesco Bank Summer Read). Details here.

And the paperback edition of The Tin-Kin will be out on the 25th of February. Here’s a peek at the cover, which I’m very pleased with:

Canadian Events This Week

October 29, 2009

This is a very quick post to say that I’m flying to Toronto early tomorrow morning to take part in Writing Scotland at the International Festival of Authors.

Please come and see me and the rest of us at the following times:

New Writing Scotland. Saturday October 31st 4pm at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto, with Alan Bissett, Margaret Elphinstone, Roland Gulliver and James Meek. More info on this event.

IFOA Midland. Tuesday November 3rd 8pm at North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland, with Olive Senior, Lauren Kirshner and Mary Tilberg. More info on this event.

I’ll post photos and much more when I get back.



Edinburgh Events and More

August 23, 2009

This week saw two events in Edinburgh, and several other things going on. I’m going to do about four posts in one here.

On Sunday 16th, I did a reading at Peter Bell. It’s my favourite kind of bookshop, the kind where you might come across a ginger cat sleeping on a pile of old hardbacks. There was a nice audience there, and it was great to read with Elaine di Rollo, author of The Peach Growers’ Almanac (A Bad Education for Girls). This event was part of the West Port Book Festival. Thank you very much to Peggy for inviting me to read, and for the fantastic cakes. I am a big fan of cake.

Click on the images below for Elaine di Rollo’s novel. Everyone enjoyed her reading, and we share an interest in old medical ailments and cures. I got two copies of the book, for myself and for my mum.

On Tuesday 18th August I had a really wonderful time at the Edinburgh Book Festival reading with Catherine Hall. I thought I’d be really nervous, because it was a sell out and it felt like a big deal(!) but actually I just loved every minute. Thanks so much to the staff of the festival, to everyone who came to see us, to Rosemarie Burnett who was the chair, and to my editor at Duckworth, Mary Morris, who came up to support me.

Here’s a sneaky picture by Chris, which is a bit naughty because you weren’t meant to, but we did.

festival ed

Catherine Hall’s book is called Days of Grace, and I would really highly recommend it. I read it while I was in the hairdresser having my hair done for my wedding, and alarmed the hairdresser by bursting into tears because Catherine’s writing is so beautiful. It was lovely to meet her in Edinburgh. Click the image for an Amazon link.

Our event was also mentioned in the following article in Wednesday’s Scotsman. Click here.

I said I’d put up some pictures of the honeymoon in Ireland, so here are just a few. All by Chris Dooks!




This week, I will be talking to historian, Professor Tom Devine and presenter Nigel Wrench on Thursday’s PM Programme on BBC Radio 4 between 5pm and 6pm, live from the Edinburgh Book Festival. We’ll be talking about Scottish identity, and a short dramatisation from The Tin-Kin will be played as well.

I am so excited to be off to Canada at the end of October for the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, where I’ll be reading from The Tin-Kin. More on that soon.

Finally, thank you also to everyone who is voting for me in the Guardian Blog’s Not the Booker Prize. If anyone hasn’t voted yet but would like to, you can do that till Midnight tonight!




July 31, 2009

Today I did a reading at Banchory library and met a lady who also had Traveller relatives from Elgin. I’ve had a few people come up to me at events who have probably got distant family connections, and it’s always especially nice to meet them. Thanks to Vicky at Yeadon’s bookshop for organising the event.

We followed the reading with a visit to the Falls of Feugh where we watched the salmon  leaping. It was great! For other salmon-related projects that I was involved with earlier this year (with Chris Dooks), click here.

Live Literature Funding (Scottish Book Trust)

June 23, 2009

I’ve recently been added to The Scottish Book Trust’s author database. This means that if you are a school group, a writing group, or another community group, you now can have me come to visit you at a reduced rate. I can do a range of things, like writing workshops, and talking about books, or Travellers… or I can do a little dance… or I can make very delicious teabread.

Click here for details of the scheme.

Click here for my page on the database.