World Book Day 2019

Here’s me dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, photo taken by Kim Ayres for the Wigtown Book Festival a few years back. My favourite book of all time is The Flight of the Heron by DK Broster, the romantic adventure par excellence of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. I’m currently reading The...

Book Week Scotland 2018

  Along with many of my fellow wordsmiths, I was criss-crossing Scotland last week (19th to 25th November) to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2018, run by the Scottish Book Trust. The theme this year was ‘Rebel’.  My first event was at the Brander Library in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, a lovely wood-panelled Victorian building, where the librarians had...

Remembering One of the Many

  George McCurrach was the dominie or schoolmaster at a small village school in Aberdeenshire. He had risen from humble beginnings to eventually study at Aberdeen University. Enlisting in the Gordon Highlanders, he was then commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry. His wife Elizabeth, also a school teacher, took over...