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.