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Word / Aberdeen May Festival 2016

  I’ve been desperate to share this with y’all for ages but was bound to silence by higher powers. I’ll be appearing as part of the Word Festival / Aberdeen May Festival on Sunday May 29th at 2pm. I did

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Science Fiction, Flash Fiction, Shortlisted Fiction

All the news that’s new and approved. First up, I’m really pleased to announce that I have been made Reviews Editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a new Scottish-based international science fiction magazine. I was a big fan of the concept of

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New Books by Wonderful Writers

I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment

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This One Book

Simon Sylvester, author of The Visitors, recently wrote about a book that means a lot to him both as a reader and as a writer. He wrote eloquently on Roald Dahl’s Henry Sugar and then urged me to do the

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5 a day and a studio of one’s own.

Four hours from now (as I write) I will launch my novel First Time Solo at Waterstones in Aberdeen. I’ve seen people like Iain Banks, Janice Galloway and Alan Spence read there and I’m still finding it hard to believe

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Iain M. Banks, 1954 – 2013.

  Janice Galloway said Alasdair Gray’s Lanark was the book that showed her that writing – and by extension any art – produced in Scotland from real, everyday experience was just as valid as that produced in New York, in

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