Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Locked In & Other Stories

As you can see I have been busy. The collation of short stories that had been published before and some that were still lying in the computer were worth airing. I do hope some of you will buy this short collection and enjoy the stories in them. The title story 'Locked In' was published in the National newspaper The Scotsman and was received with a lot of good reviews. It was a snippet of an article from the British Library that I came across on how poor women in India were rounded up and used to service British soldiers. When they had no more use for them they were left with little recourse to help of any kind, ostracised by their own communicates and callously ignored by the British Army. The story grew from that little article.

Other stories in the collection have appeared in some anthologies. Do read them if you wish to experience some work on stories set in India and Scotland.

I've also been busy with my local 'Milngavie Week' chairing an author's event that went off rather well. Promises to be an annual event , hopefully. It was good to hear the publishing journeys of a poet and four other writers. One learns so much from listening to other authors and their passion for writing. I was honoured also to judge a Flash Fiction Competition for the Milngavie Week. Great submissions from the youngsters who took part. 

The summer months sees a burst of activities in the book world. There are many book festivals to look forward to. We are so lucky to be living near Edinburgh for the biggest book festival of them all. I do hope to go to a few events there. 

Wish all the readers a great summer full of sunshine and happy reading. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Poetry collection

Here it is, my collection of poems for all to read. It took a while to put the work together but was worth the effort. Some of my poems had been published in various magazines and anthologies for a few years. The first collection 'From Madras to Milngavie' was a handful of poems that I enjoyed writing. This collection of poems has more maturity after attending classes at Glasgow university on poetry. Like all crafts it is with writing more and more that one gets better. Practice make perfect as the old saying goes. I do hope you buy it and enjoy the verses put together with much care. 
It is available on Amazon UK and USA. Hopefully in India too soon.

The month of May has been kinder to Scotland. We've had some wonderfully warm weather. Sunshine lifts the spirits enormously. 

Enjoy the lovely weather and feel the sun on your skin.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

April 2018

April is a rather mixed bag of sunshine and showers. This photo illustrates it so well. Cherry blossom, daffodils and flowers spring up everywhere and fills us with joy.

Book festivals also start to spring up everywhere. A busy period of book launches, book prizes abound. My month of April started with a pledge to myself to write a poem a day. I have managed to do so most days. It is enervating to work with a goal in mind and simple things inspire one to put ink to paper.I don't beat myself up if I am not able to pen one every single day,  but I have tried to write one most days even though none of them qualify as epic ones. Short and doable was my aim. 

The month also started with meeting my seven friends of over forty years. All of us started  working in the same school decades ago. We meet twice a year and keep up the friendship through social media though we all live quite faraway now.  Cherish such friendships as they make ones life rich.

I did manage to go to the Irish Scottish Literary festival on the 11th of April at the City Halls and enjoyed hearing poets from Ireland and Scotland. I hope it becomes an annual event. 

With Milngavie Week booked for 9th-16th June, I am busy organising an authors event. Five writers/poets will join me at Milngavie Library on June 13th to share their work and describe how they got their books published. There is so much interest in writing, with budding writers everywhere wanting to showcase their own work. This will be a very informative and enjoyable event. I hope many readers and writers will come along and celebrate Milngavie Week with us. Something to look forward to in June. I hope your April was a nice change from the gruelling months of this winter that never seemed to end.

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