Sunday, 30 August 2009

M've Art Festival

2-6 the September The second Milngavie Book & Art Festival, please come if you are free. Some great authors, artists and a super atmosphere is guaranteed.Hope they pay me for this advert!I am looking forward to seeing Laura Marney, Alan Bisset, Janet Paisley and other authors at the fest.
My fall down the stairs last week scuppered my best laid plans for visitng St. Andrews and EIBF. Well that's life I guess. Iam so much better today, thanks to so many well wishers, family and friends to pamper and fuss over me.Reading Tash Aw's fantastic book The Map of the Invisible world and it inspired me to write a poem. A great new writer whose book transports me to the Far East a place I'm still to visit.
A new challenge now for me. I have been flattered that I have been asked to adjudicate a Short Story Competition. I feel awed and excited.Hope I do a good job.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

EIBF, Courses

Edinburgh international Book Festival is in full swing. I'll be there next week.I just love the atmosphere of the tent and browsing the huge number of new books. The crowds and the fringe acts on the street make it so colourful and vibrant.Which authors do I want to hear? I'm still thinking about it.I noticed that all the workshops on writing were sold out except ones on poetry.No surprise there.Looking forward to a couple of days out in Edinburgh.Oh Iam also away to visit a friend in St. Andrews on Monday so a busy week ahead.
Two thick brochures from Glasgow University Dace and Strathclyde University arrived by post. There are so many courses on Creative Writing,Languages,Art Appreciation, Computer use, Digital camera and Philosophy. I want to do them all. Its wonderful that there is such a wide choice. Aren't we lucky in UK that the courses are so accessible? The courses and number of new tutors on Creative Writing has increased tremendously. Is everyone writing that one book that's supposed to be in all of us,I wonder?Some of the tutors are still doing their M.Litt courses so maybe they can shed a light on how to get that best seller out and get a two or three book deal.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

A rant

I'm not a happy cookie. Just finished reading Alexander Mc Call Smith's new book in the 44 Scotland Street Series 'The Unbearable Lightness of Scones'. I love his writing, devour his easy-to-read gentle tales of Mama Ramotswe or the tales set in Edinburgh. But this has got me rattled.He has portrayed Glasgow in all its stereotypical awfulness. The character from Glasgow is 'Lard O' Connor'aka Aloysius Igantius Xavier O' connor, a huge beast of a gangster, who asks for a pie and chips at the douce 'Glass and Thomson' where one could never order pie and chips, of course, just quiche and poor Lard has to make do with a double quiche with loads of tomato sauce!Lard dies of a heart attack brought on by his dreadful diet.Basically Glasgow is a minging place with gangster lowlife with a diet to match. E'burgh comes out as a gentle, civilised place as one of the characters is unable to drop peanut shells at the Long Bar at Raffles in Singapore as she was born and bred in E'burgh! Has he ever been to Pilton or other estates in E'burgh? It is a lot of Morningside piffle with Ian Rankin, Magnus Linklater and other Burghers of the Capital city making an appearance.I know I should not be berating Scotland's greatly admired writer but this book really put me off. Sorry for the rant. Other Glaswegians have a read and tell me please if I'm wrong.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Afternoon champagne tea

Well the computer was down, and I enjoyed a fabulous break from the keyboard. Treated myself and my daughter to an afternoon champagne tea at Fifi and Ally in Princes Square. Just look at the cute doggies on the wallpaper!It was so good to indulge in an old-fashioned teatime treat.In India of course there was always Tiffin in the afternoon when we had yummy treats and tea.We also went to the cinema and surprise, surprise some retail therapy.She leaves for USA next week.
And now that the computer is back I have no excuse at all. So back to the grind.I had a look at the drafts of my novel two and decided that I must get it finished. The ideas are surging now, the characters talking to me in my head so I need to get it all down. News from Edinburgh Book Fest also inspires writing.So many talented new authors from all over the world making their mark in the beautiful city.

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