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Cross My Heart wins Angus Book Award 2015

  I had a fantastic time at the Angus Book Awards lately. First of all there was dinner in the amazing Coutts Court, a 17th century townhouse in the heart of Montrose run by host-with-the-most, Marshall. It’s always brilliant to meet and hang out with other authors and I very much enjoyed the time spent with Chris Priestley, CJ Flood and Alan Gibbons. On award day, I gave one talk about Cross My Heart at Montrose Academy and then another in Montrose Town Hall. ...

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Meeting readers… love it!

To celebrate Scottish Book Week, I was asked to talk at two very special libraries: Brookwood Library in Bearsden and Montrose Library in Angus. As I live in Glasgow, Bearsden felt almost like home ground. Then Montrose is the small town on the east coast of Scotland where I grew up, so there were many familiar faces in the crowd (including my first English teacher – a bit nerve-wracking!). I thought I’d post a few extracts from the talks I gave, so ...

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JK Rowling at the Lennoxlove Book Festival – wow!

Last night I was lucky enough to have a ticket for the JK Rowling event at the teeny Lennoxlove Book Festival in Haddington, East Lothian. Like everyone else in the audience I was buzzing with excitement way before the 8.30pm kick off and when JK finally stalked on in glittering diamonds, skintight PVC leggings and six, maybe even seven-inch kinky boots – WOW! An audible gasp from the audience. She is so much skinnier, sexier, funnier and kind of raunchier than you ...