There are many reasons why I write this blog. It all started with people encouraging me to do so, and as I enjoy entertaining people through writing I thought I would give it a go. I’ve received loads of really lovely comments and messages over the last couple of years and I appreciate every single one … More My Week In Pictures – Gardening, Solitude, Friendship and Hope.
Give me a sunny day to dry my washing on the line and clean my floors and I’m a happy woman. Such is the heady mix of spring days and middle age. We celebrated the first official day of spring this week and combined it with international day of happiness. Quite frankly I hope to find … More My Week In Pictures- Finding Happiness
It’s exciting times for Orkney as it’s in the middle of hosting its third book festival weekend. A perfect time to talk to local author of The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby. ”In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie: Robbie’s widow, Tessa; Tessa’s old … More The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby
The book is definitely one of two halves. A gentle first part which really picks up pace as you continue, with some surprising twists and turns towards the end. Gavin is a very likable and kind hearted character. … More The Organist by Barbara Stevenson
It’s great to see Orkney on the map through books such as these. I felt there was scope for a second novel too so hope this is the beginning of something great from this author. If her debut novel is anything to go by, I suspect it is’
I was interested to read this book as it was the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. I’d been keeping an eye on this particular prize as The Outrun by Amy Liptrot was in the final six and I was keen to see how her book faired. (I’ve reviewed it on the blog before, … More Book Review. It’s All in Your Head (true stories of imaginary illness) by Suzanne O’Sullivan
A friend of mine Sara Bailey is a writer living in Orkney and due to publish her first book in October. I’ve had a sneak preview of the first chapter and am already in love with her style and keen to read the whole thing. She too good not to share around so I’ve put together an interview to hear how it all happened. … More An interview with author Sara Bailey