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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...
The Clearing out now in paperback

The Clearing out now in paperback

  The Clearing is now available in a beautiful paperback edition. It positively sparkles with gold! I recently had a chance to speak to and thank Sophie Harris, whose beautiful design for the cover has garnered such lavish praise from so many people. It was...
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...
Connecting through the digital ether

Connecting through the digital ether

  When The Clearing was published this March it turned out to be just days before a full lockdown was announced. Seeing the whole world turned upside down by the pandemic kept some perspective on things, but it seemed at the time a disastrous moment to bring out...
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...
Residency in a shipping container

Residency in a shipping container

  This month’s big excitement was my first trip beyond Orkney’s shores since March. I was fortunate to be able to finally take up my Scottish Emerging Writer’s Residency at the wonderful Cove Park Artists’ Centre in Argyll. I’d been...

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