After a long hiatus, book festivals are back in person. Hooray!
I appeared at AyeWrite! in May 2022 talking about Daisy Chain, women in art, Glasgow School of Art, and the Glasgow Girls, and at Wigtown in 2021 talking about the novel, which was partly set in nearby Kircudbright. My alma mater, the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Department, asked me back to talk about the novel for their Creative Conversations series, chaired by wonderful Dr Zoe Strachan
Sadly, there was no bookshop launch for Daisy Chain, which came out in hardback during Covid restrictions. Instead, the amazing book group, bookface 2020 held a packed brunch at super glamorous Glaschu where I got to speak about Daisy Chain with the lovely author and broadcaster Sally Magnusson. You can read about it here and here.
Pre-pandemic, I had a lovely time talking to sparky senior pupils at Concordia International School in Shanghai about creative writing when I was researching the novel that became Daisy Chain in 2018. Other school visits were closer to home: at my son’s schools Langside Primary and Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, as well as to Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell, my dad’s old school.
For Paris Kiss, I appeared at Glasgow’s Book Festival, Aye Write! in April 2015, along with other debut prizewinners Amy Mason and Annaliese Macintosh. The event was chaired by Zoe Venditozzi.
And I visited my former school, St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, to talk to the Advanced Higher English class about creative writing, using passages from Looking for Evelyn as starting points.