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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

My Writing · News · Scotland

The Silver Locket: – 21st century schoolgirl meets Bonnie Prince Charlie and he needs her help.

The Silver Locket The Anne you know from this blog had a previous life. Oh yes, I’ve not always been Anne Stormont, old bat and writer. I had an earlier incarnation, pre-wifehood, as Anne McAlpine. So it seemed fitting, when I was looking for an author name to go by when writing for children, that… Continue reading The Silver Locket: – 21st century schoolgirl meets Bonnie Prince Charlie and he needs her help.

Adventures · News · Scotland

Timeout Tuesday – Pictures from Mossyard and Gatehouse of Fleet

As I said in the post previous to this one, the Open Book was quiet yesterday and the weather was good so we closed the shop early yesterday and went for a walk. We headed for the pretty town of Gatehouse of Fleet and walked in the Cally forest there. On our way to Gatehouse we… Continue reading Timeout Tuesday – Pictures from Mossyard and Gatehouse of Fleet

Opinions · Scotland

A subversive old bat looks at the thistle…

    (with apologies to poet Hugh MacDiarmid for the misquote above) I prefer emblems to flags and patriotism to nationalism… Thistles grow in the wild and in gardens. And like her emblem, Scotland is strong and adaptable. Life persists in the economic wastelands as well as the richer business districts. Last week Scotland’s people,… Continue reading A subversive old bat looks at the thistle…

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Tae the Lassies – or – Let’s Hear it for the Ladies

This is a supplementary post to the usual monthly magazine in honour of Scotland’s national bard or poet Robert Burns   This year Burns’ suppers will be held on Saturday 25th January all over Scotland and the wider world wherever ex-pat Scots are to be found. It’s a time when the Scottish people  traditionally hold… Continue reading Tae the Lassies – or – Let’s Hear it for the Ladies

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Tae the Lassies – or – Let’s Hear it for the Ladies!

In this week’s post I’ve decided to verbally toast all the most important women in my life. Why? Well, because this week sees the commemoration of a poet who was very fond of the female of the species. Let me explain… photo credit – wikipedia On Friday it will be Burns night. No nothing will… Continue reading Tae the Lassies – or – Let’s Hear it for the Ladies!