Damn’ Rebel Bitches 20th Anniversary

This year I’m celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45.



Writing this book was a labour of love for me. With no Internet to speak of back in 1997, I did the research in the old-fashioned way, travelling to libraries, archives, museums and locations up and down the country, from the Public Record Office in Kew in London through York, Carlisle and Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness.

DRB, as we call it in our house, has had some wonderful plaudits over the years.

‘glitters with eye-catching gems that shed light on everyday 18th century Scottish life.’ Roddy Philipps, Aberdeen Press and Journal.

‘a racily written, well-researched and heart-warming account.’ Elizabeth Sutherland, Scots Magazine.

‘a modern classic.’ The Herald.

‘bold and argumentative … resounds with authority.’ Scotland on Sunday.

‘This book changed my life.’ Young woman at Linlithgow Literary Festival. 

Originally published by Mainstream of Edinburgh, Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 is now published by Penguin Random House.  It is available from High Street and online booksellers, including Amazon UK and Amazon US, as is its companion volume, Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the ’45.  



Readers furth of Scotland and the UK might like to know that The Book Depository send books worldwide at no extra cost for postage and packing. All my books are also available worldwide as ebooks from Amazon, Kobo and other online retailers.


Talks & Book Signings Summer 2016

Nairn Bookshop, Friday 17th June 2016 at 7-8.30 pm.

I’ll be talking about my writing life and my books, non-fiction and novels.

Books will be available for sale on the night and I’ll be delighted to sign them. Free entry and refreshments will be served.

Nairn Bookshop 01667 455528

NTS Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor, Saturday 2nd July 2016 from 1-2 pm, doors open at 12.45.

Staying True to the Past: Weaving Fiction from Fact

This talk is part of a series looking at how Culloden and the ’45 have inspired so many writers to tell stories around the events of 1745-46. As someone who has written both fact and fiction on the subject, I’ll also be looking at how one genre can inspire the other.

Booking is advised: NTS Culloden /01463 796090

Waterstones, George Street, Oban, Saturday 9th July at 2 pm.

I’ll be signing books and chatting informally in the lovely West Highland seaside town and ferry port of Oban, which has breath-taking views out over beautiful Oban Bay.

Further information from Waterstones in Oban on 01631 571455

Waterstones, Eastgate Centre, Inverness, Saturday 13th August at 2 pm.

Another book signing, this time in the fair city of Inverness.

Further information from Waterstones in Inverness on 01463 233500

And I think these will keep me busy for the next wee while. 




Meet the Author



Saturday 12th March 2016, 2-4 pm.

Meet the authors and enjoy a delicious Vintage Tea Party with Maggie Craig and her friend and colleague Aline Templeton, author of the DI Marjory Fleming crime mysteries. The event takes place at the historic Portsoy Salmon Bothy.

Tickets including tea and scrumptious goodies cost £10 and are available from the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop on Seafield Street or telephone 01261 843 455.

Also appearing over the weekend of the festival are McNicol and Jackson, authors of Badger the Mystical Mutt (children’s event); Keith Hewitt, whisky expert, who will be talking about the true story behind Whisky Galore; and former First Minister Alex Salmond MP, who will be talking about his political memoir, The Dream Shall Never Die.

Book Week Scotland 2015


I’m delighted to be taking part once again in Book Week Scotland, a country-wide celebration of books and the written word.

This year I’m at Alford Library in Aberdeenshire for a Meet the Author event and hosting a table at a Readers’ Dinner in Kirkcaldy organized by Fife Libraries.  See below for more details and how to book.

Meet the Author, Alford Library, Aberdeenshire:

Saturday 21st November, 2.30 pm.

Readers’ Dinner, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy:

Friday 27th November 2015, 6.30 pm.


Creative Writing Masterclass at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Really looking forward to leading a workshop on writing fiction at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on Thursday 12th March from 7 pm to 9 pm. It’s a bonus to be doing so in one of my favourite cities. I’m at the Eden Court as part of a series of classes led by different writers. You can check us all out here:

Eden Court Creative Writing Masterclasses



Book Week Scotland 2014 & Love Letters to Libraries

I had a lovely time during Book Week Scotland which runs through the last week in November. I gave talks in a couple of Aberdeenshire’s Libraries, including New Pitsligo and Balmedie.  There was a great turn-out at both and some really interesting questions.


New Pitsligo was a very appropriate place to talk about the gallant Lord Pitsligo of the 1745 Jacobite Rising as he lived near there. A loyal supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, Alexander Forbes was also a scholar and a gentleman and an enthusiastic advocate of education for girls and women. Check out my brief blogpost on him: Lord Pitsligo


The organizers of Book Week Scotland are the Scottish Book Trust, who are a very lively bunch, always looking for ways to promote reading. One brilliant idea they had this year was to ask writers and readers to send a love letter to their local libraries. This initiative really caught the imagination and there are some wonderful examples on here.

Write a love letter to your library

Here’s my contribution: Love Letter to Libraries


Book Week Scotland 2014 – Rebels & Romance


I’ll be speaking at two libraries in Aberdeenshire during this year’s Book Week Scotland.  At these events I’ll be concentrating on my non-fiction and novels on the Jacobites of 1745 and talking about my research, inspiration and passion for the subject.

Monday 24th November, New Pitsligo Library, 2.30-4.00 pm.

Thursday  27th November, Balmedie Library, 7.00-8.30 pm.


More information on these free, ticketed events here:
Book Week Scotland 2014 – Rebels & Romance