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Silver leaf, moths and mending

Silver leaf, moths and mending

It’s been a slow spring here in Orkney, with the cold dragging its heels even as the light floods back and the evenings open up. But memories of the extraordinary blue-and-silver days of snow and hard frost we had back in February and March are coming back in...
How to Hold a Cloud

How to Hold a Cloud

“How to Hold a Cloud” is a new short piece of writing which, along with the accompanying drawing (shown below) is included in the new issue of Dark Mountain, Issue 19: Requiem. I’m delighted to be alongside writers such as Jay Griffiths. Kerri ni...
Time, boredom and that 4am feeling

Time, boredom and that 4am feeling

 When I was a kid, stuck in the family caravan in the Trossachs on yet another rainy weekend I’d get fed up of reading or drawing or staring out the window, and complain to my parents of boredom.  I can remember my mother answering briskly “If you’re bored it’s...
Watching the winter skies

Watching the winter skies

  At this time of year in Orkney the light fades so fast it seems to start getting dark just after lunch. As the Winter Solstice draws near we’re switching lights on by 3.30pm. By 4 o’clock in the afternoon the windows have become black mirrors. We draw the...
“FLOW” THE MOVIE LAUNCHED!

“FLOW” THE MOVIE LAUNCHED!

A few weeks ago I returned to the Balfour Hospital to record some video for Orkney’s virtual Doors Open Day. The finished video was launched for the DOD weekend of Sept 26/27 and it’s still available on my Vimeo. In it, I explain a bit about this project...
When the road ahead is blocked, take the scenic route

When the road ahead is blocked, take the scenic route

I am often asked about the fact that I am both a writer and a visual artist, and how these two creative practices fit together. I was asked this question again at the lovely book launch event at the new “Threshing Floor Theatre” that was held this weekend...

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