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The History Zone

Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McClaine in The Children’s Hour (1961)

I’ll be presenting the History Zone on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday 9th March from 00.30am. History loving nightbirds can tune into five hours of programmes on 19th Century Scottish events and personalities from the BBC Radio Scotland archives. Subjects covered will include the Dundee Ripper, the Gloup Disaster, the stories behind the Lock Hospital and young writer Marjorie Fleming. Two programmes I presented will also be repeated, Case Reopened – the Woods Pirie trial (which inspired the 1962 film The Children’s Hour) and an episode of the Highland Lowland Divide. If you’d rather go to bed, or would like to be selective in which programmes you listen to, you can listen again up to a week after the broadcast.


Beijing Bookworms

The Bookworm 

I’m very excited to be returning to the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing. You can check out the festival programme here! 

Aye Write


There’s a particular pleasure in being part of a festival in your own city – and it’s not just because you can walk there. I’m appearing at two events at Glasgow’s Aye Write Festival. Women on the Dark Side  with Alex Gray and Alice Thompson and the 2011 Tannahill Debate with Alan Guthrie and Denise Mina.


I will  be joining Deborah Kay Davies at the Bath Literature Festival this Sunday. You can find us in the Mission Theatre at 1pm. 




I’m having a grand old time in Orkney. This is my third visit to the island, but it will be a tantalisingly short one. I’m reading at the Pier Arts Centre on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm

By coincidence I reviewed Night Waking by Sarah Moss for Saturday’s Financial Times. It’s a wonderfully plotted, darkly funny novel set on a remote Scottish Island that is chock full of archaeology.  Highly  recommended!

Night Waking

The Friday Event: RLS and the Theatre of the Brain

I will be speaking at Glasgow School of Art’s regular lecture series The Friday Event at 11am, in the GFT on Friday 4th February. My topic will be, ‘Robert Louis Stevenson and the Theatre of the Brain: an exploration of creativity and the unconscious in a pre-Freudian age’. The event is free and open to all.

From Glasgow to Saturn

The new edition of Glasgow University’s creative writing showcase From Glasgow to Saturn is available on the web, and I’m their new agony aunt! I’ll be attempting to resolve staff, student and alumni’s literary problems in my new literary advice column, Ask Louise.