Category : Blog

Written on Oct, 24, 2017 by in

I’m excited to tell you that my second book will be published in November 2017! What’s the book? Build A Fire is a collection of snapshots, in words and photos, of a trip from Maine to Miami. What’s it all about? It features observations, brief encounters, adventures, mundanities and day-to-day delights, all experienced while I was on the road in …

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Written on Oct, 03, 2017 by in ,

When people ask why I self-published my first book, there’s a particular image that comes to mind: the box arriving from the printers, opening it up and scooping a copy from under the polystyrene packaging, like a kid who’d won a lucky dip prize at the fair. I felt such excitement and an immense sense of satisfaction. Here was my …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2017 by in ,

It was good to feature in another blog , on North Edinburgh Dementia Care’s website. I had the pleasure of working with NEDC clients at the Seagrove Centre, reminiscing with them and producing a book about their life. There were some evocative stories and some great photos provided by their families. If you are interested in a life story book for …

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Written on Aug, 23, 2017 by in

I enjoyed doing a recent interview with Careershifters, for their Success Stories section, about making the switch from staff journalist to freelancer. I’ve been working for myself for three years now and while I’m still (happily) earning a living by telling people’s stories, through different mediums, things such as the structure of my week, my working environment, and types of …

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Written on Jul, 19, 2017 by in

Anyone who knows me, knows I love postcards. Yes, even in this age of instant messaging, Twitter feeds and WhatsApp photos, for me no holiday communication can compare to  a postcard through the letterbox. But why, you might be asking 😉 Well, let’s see. A postcard shows someone is thinking of you. It adds a bit of colour to the …

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Written on Jun, 29, 2017 by in

A fun job I have is editing Thelma (the Living Memory Association magazine), partly because there is such a choice of material to use: people’s colourful stories, the vast photo archive, and plenty of objects which can make for good images. New objects and photos come in all the time so the choice is always increasing. The next issue is …

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Written on May, 29, 2017 by in

This coming month I am producing a publication for YMCA Scotland. Sharing the Past to Shape the Future − part of YMCA Scotland’s Young Roots programme − has used an inter-generational approach, led by young people from YMCAs across the country, who have been trained in reminiscence and interview skills, to capture oral histories from older people who were members, workers or volunteers …

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Written on Apr, 28, 2017 by in

Out and about today I was appreciating the spring colours that seem to be all around, and was reminded of a quote from one of my favourite writers: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke P.s the daffodil pic was taken a few weeks ago but I wanted …

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Written on Mar, 14, 2017 by in ,

Most Wednesdays I run a writing group called Shut Up and Write! It’s exactly as the title suggests; we meet and write in silence for one hour. Except it’s not totally silent, since we meet in a busy coffee shop where there’s background chat and music, but I usually find it easier to relax and be productive in a buzzy environment …

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Written on Jan, 12, 2017 by in

Happy New Year to you from a cold and snowy Edinburgh! Like most people I am getting back into the swing of things after the festive season; this week I’ve been designing and editing the LMA magazine (30th anniversary issue!), doing research and collecting oral histories with volunteers for the Saughton Park project, and finishing my second book. The book …

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