Thursday, 26 June 2014

June- a diary

Rabbie Burns famous lines on love and June:

O, my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my Luve's like a melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

Sets one's mood for the month of sunshine, and happiness to look forward to. Well, mine started with a visit to Glasgow's Mela on the 8th of June. A lovely few hours spent walking around Kelvingrove Park along with the 40,000 other revellers, food, music and dance, what more could one want? The Mela grows bigger each year, a real multicultural event, with the Parade snaking down Byres Road setting the tone for a happy day in the sunshine.

On the 12th I did a reading with others at GWL's Poetry at the Botanics. It was most enjoyable to see seasoned poets and beginners reading their work. 

On 14th I attended Indian function in Lanarkshire with Classical dances and fusion with Thai, and Scottish country dancing. A wonderful evening. 

19th was the book launch of Sue Reid Sexton's new book 'Rue End Street' at Waterstones. It was really good with a little drama added to the reading, which spiced it up. 

Hay fever really is a downer in summer months for me and this year was no different. Suffering on and off with bouts of it. 

21st dawned with my short story published in the National newspaper 'Scotsman.' I am well chuffed. Not only was my mug on the front page but the story was a double page spread with a superb illustration. Made the whole thing amazing! 

On 24th I was at the CCA where SWC had an interesting talk by Lesley McDowall on Feminst Literature. 

This evening the 26th  I'm off to see my friend June playing Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. 
June has been a full month. 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

April/ May

Time flies! Yeah, true when you are so busy that the blog gets neglected. I promise to have a few words and pics every month on my blog. It is a great way to keep a record of things I have done that month and maybe it will interest my little band of followers!
 So let me start with April. I got my first pair of vari-focal glasses, a rather strange experience to get used to it. They are fabulous to use, I can walk into a shop and see in the distance as well read the print on packets. Unfortunately, they are no good  for reading books or for my writing, especially at the computer. So I am that I didn't throw away my old ones!
 On the 9th I was at the Aye Write Festival to hear Kamila Shamshie and Elenor Catton, the Man Booker winner reading from their works. Both were superb and I was pleased to get my copy of The Luminaries signed by E. Catton.

A family friend's son's wedding reception at Mar Hall was a nice diversion. It was a stormy night and the marquee nearly blown off but it was good to meet up with a lot of old friends and enjoy the stunning Mar Hall as a wedding venue.

A surprise this month was to meet Salma a Tamil poet from my own birth city of Madras in Glasgow. The Glasgow Women's Library had invited her as part of the Commonwealth celebrations. It was a privilege to meet this inspiring woman and hear her poetry.

The World Book Night was on the 23rd and as a book giver I was happy to distribute 'The Confessions of a GP' by Dr. Benajmin Daniels, a funny light book and hope the new readers who received it are having a good laugh and more importantly gets them into the reading habit.

Celebrating the 60th birthday of a friend at Oscar's in Newton Mearns was fun and an afternoon cream tea at Snuggle Muffin was another foodie outing. Which brings us neatly into May.

Appearing at the Booked Festival of Words and reading with fellow writer Anne Donovan at Clydebank Library for the GWL was a pleasure. The crowd was appreciative and it is always wonderful to get
feedback from readers.

Another afternoon tea (this time a strawberry tea in the West End) with a dear friend helped me make a note of good  afternoon teas on offer in Glasgow.

I also enjoyed three rather good poetry nights one at Oxfam shop in Byres Road and another at the CCA organised by Glasgow's Mirrorball. Last but not least was Marion MC Cready's book launch at the new 'Tell It Slant' evening.  'Tree Language' is a choclatey looking book with  poems that are like little gems. I am still relishing reading her wonderful work.

The month of May was nicely rounded off meeting with a prizewinning author who wanted a wee chat about Glasgow in the 1970's and the immigrant experience for his new book, the premise of which sounds fascinating.

Meet you soon in June.

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