Haggis, Whisky and a Toast Tae the Lassies Robert Burns (1759- 1796) Yes, it really is a year since I last wittered on about Burns’ Night. Said night is nothing to do with standing too close to a bonfire and ending up in Accident and Emergency. Rather, it’s the night when Scots and Scotophiles, both… Continue reading Burns Supper Time
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
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.
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
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Sunday the 25th of January will be Burns’ night. This is the occasion when many Scots, at home and abroad, plus a fair number of non-Scots, celebrate the life and work of the Scottish bard and poet, Robert Burns, by hosting or attending a Burns Supper. I blogged… Continue reading Three Cheers for Burns’ Night
(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…
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
This is such a neat idea. I read about the concept of the memory map in our local weekly newspaper, the ‘West Highland Free Press’, last week. I have never heard of anything like it before. I’m so taken with the idea that I wanted to share it with you and then I thought I’d… Continue reading Memory Maps
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!
It’s the second Tuesday of the month so it’s whine and whoop time. I’ll start with my gripes and save the goodies till later. The grumpy, cynical and subversive bits of my old bat personality are well and truly stirred up this month. I hardly know where to start. So deep breath, focus and here… Continue reading Subversive rants and grateful raves