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
My sister and her family have been over from Colorado for a few days and it was great to see them. We don’t see each other very often so it’s lovely to have a catch up. Every time we seem him I take a photo of my nephew with my son, you can see how … More My Week in Pictures
You can be forgiven for thinking it’s Sunday as that’s when I tend to do my week in pictures. However we’ve been having a busy time due to my sister and her family coming to stay from Colorado, so I’m a day late. Last week was a busy week in Stromness as it held its … More My Week in Pictures
Someone recommended this book to me recently having just read it, and knowing that I want to pursue publishing and would find this inspiring. I did. Judy tells the story of how she married and moved to the Hebrides at the age of 19 having been swept off her feet by Alex, 10 years her senior. … More Island Wife by Judy Fairbairns
Orkney library has been in the news this week for all the right reasons. We are currently Library of the Year, one of our senior library assistants just won librarian of the year and last Saturday J.K Rowling popped in for a visit to the Saturday book group. Do not adjust your screens, you read … More The day J.K. Rowling came to visit.
On a bleak January morning in 2013 my husband decided to surprise me with a trip to Papa Westray. We would never set foot on the island but the flight from Westray to Papay is the shortest in the world, and we were doing it for the novelty/bucket list factor. It isn’t very touristy to … More The Outrun by Amy Liptrot