My one man play, The Price of a Fish Supper, first produced some years ago at Glasgow’s Oran Mor and after that at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and on BBCR4 had its first Ayrshire production at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre, on 6th and 7th September, with the amazing Ken O’Hara as Rab, and Isi Nimmo directing. The show was a sell-out but don’t worry if you couldn’t get tickets. Watch this space for news about a possible tour!
As well as the launch of The Jewel in May 2016, my history of the Isle of Gigha was reprinted by Birlinn, with an updated text, a new cover and a new title: The Way It Was. For Jean, Poems, Songs and Letters for Jean Armour, was published by Saraband in January 2017 and The Curiosity Cabinet has just been relaunched by the same publisher. I’m currently working on a spin-off series of new novels, the first of which, The Posy Ring, is due for publication in 2018.
I’ll be doing a few more talks about Jean Armour and The Jewel over the coming months: at Many Thanks in Mauchline on 19th October 2017 and appropriately enough at Sanquhar’s ‘A’ The Airts’ Arts Centre, at 2pm on Saturday 27th January 2018.
GENERAL EVENTS INFORMATION
I’m happy to give entertaining talks and readings about all aspects of my research and writing, especially – just now – about Jean Armour, Robert Burns and 18th Century Scotland.
I give a limited number of (mostly local) free talks to various not-for-profit organisations such as the SWRI, Burns clubs and book groups. These are on a first come first served basis and paid events generally take precedence, although if you have an event you’d like me to attend, do ask. For most events, travel expenses are payable unless the venue is within a reasonable radius of my home in Ayrshire, but bear in mind that I live in the countryside, so midwinter events may be problematic.
If you are registered with the Scottish Book Trust, you can invite me under their Live Literature scheme. If not, my normal fee is the Book Trust minimum of £175 per session plus travel expenses and overnight accommodation if applicable.
I seldom undertake school visits although I’m happy to speak to University or College Creative Writing students.
For Live Literature funded events, please have the form signed and ready for me to take away.
For other events, if you can’t pay at the time (and I tend to forget to ask, if I’m chatting to people) then please pay on invoice, within 30 days. I can take cheques, or Paypal, or can give you bank details on request.
Like most writers, I am officially self employed. Please don’t ask me to fill in extensive forms to prove this, or attempt to put me on your payroll. You can, however, give me a purchase order number or treat me as a service provider.
If I’m driving to the venue I am happy to bring books along to sell and will sign them at the event if requested. I’m also delighted to sign any pre-purchased books. If, however, you want to use book sales as a fundraiser for your organisation that’s excellent, but books must then be purchased from my publisher and their distributor, who should be contacted in advance. If you are organising a conference or festival you may find it easier to partner with a local bookshop which will do the ordering for you.
I do a number of events throughout the year, and I’m usually well organised, but it helps if you ask me some months in advance and then contact me again, the week before, to remind me of the details. Give me a mobile number in case of problems, details of venue, likely audience numbers and general format of the evening.
Please see the contact page for details of how to get in touch through this website.