Life Matters · Opinions · Reflecting

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

‘Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded’ Gautama Buddha Thoughts are just that: thoughts. They’re not facts or artefacts. They’re not necessarily true or correct. But, boy, are they powerful! I believe storytelling and listening to stories is part of what makes us human and it’s something people have always done.… Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves

My Writing · Opinions · Writing

Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction

  A Fictional Hierarchy     There seems to be a consensus which says that literary fiction is first and foremost about themes and that commercial fiction has character, plot and setting at the forefront. There also seems to be an apparent hierarchy to the above elements of fiction which places themes above the other three. And… Continue reading Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction

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Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

Genre: Contemporary fiction I had already read a previous book by Angus Peter Campbell, Archie and the North Wind,  I reviewed it here. So I came to read this one expecting great things. I wasn’t disappointed. The writing is lyrical. Yes, there are smatterings of Gaelic, but this in no way interferes with the reading of the… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

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Book Review: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Genre: Contemporary earth-based science-fiction This is Jane Rogers eighth book, but it’s the first one that I’ve read by her. The Testament of Jessie Lamb was a bestseller and Man Booker nominee when it came out in 2012 and I’m ashamed to say it’s been languishing on my Kindle since then. But at last I… Continue reading Book Review: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

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Displacement: From the Hebrides to the Middle East and back

The reasons behind the plot and settings of my second novel When I wrote Displacement, I wanted to explore what knocks people’s lives off course, what pushes them out of their normal place and space. I also wanted to examine the consequences of both physical and emotional displacement. In other words i wanted to look… Continue reading Displacement: From the Hebrides to the Middle East and back