News and Events


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 will have 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. There will be a Q & A session with Ken, myself and Isi afterwards. You can watch an excellent trailer, here. Book early to avoid disappointment. I’m told tickets are going fast and space is quite limited!

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 trilogy of new novels. Watch this space!

I’ll be giving a few more talks and readings later in the year. Check in from time to time for more information.



I’m on the Society of Authors website and on the Live Literature Scotland database.

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.