What's On

Will be appearing on Shirley Whiteside's books programme, Booked on Pulse, this Sunday, talking about our new organisation for peace, Dove Tales, and my book, The Four Marys. Shirley's a fantastic champion of the arts and I really enjoyed talking to her.

On September 7th I will be giving my Feature Writing and Pitching workshop at the NUJ offices in Glasgow. This is a workshop for people who want to learn the core skills of journalism. Google and Twitter have transformed the media landscape but writers still need to know how to write, interviewers still need to know how to interview. Come along and enjoy this inter-active workshop.
This is a free course, funded by the Scottish Union Learning Fund and the Scottish government.

ContactJoan Macdonald on joan@nuj.org.uk

Joan Macdonald
Training Manager
NUJ Training Scotland
Tel. 0141 248 6648
Mob. 07730 513991

Our next Dove Tales event is on Monday September 11th and is part of a week of action against DSEI, the biggest arms fair in the world, which starts in London the following day.
We are celebrating creativity, not the chaos of war, art, not artillery.
We will be launching Women with Fierce Words, a new anthology of women's poetry edited by Lesley Traynor and then there will be music from two amazing young talents - Josie Duncan and Joseph Peach, both of whom were finalist in the BBC 2 Young Folk Music awards.
7pm, Griffin Bar, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 11th September. 

And don't forget to check out our beautiful new website:


Read my article about the Afghan landays, poems written anonymously by Pashtun women, expressing the thoughts and feelings their society doesn't want to hear. They mock their men, criticise politicians and rage at the war that has devastated their country for so many years. Read it in the new edition of the magazine, Northwords Now.

Had a wonderful time at the Big Lit Festival in Gatehouse of Fleet. It's a beautiful part of the world and the festival grows bigger every year. I was talking about fiction and history in The Four Marys to the lovely Hilary Hawker at the Faed Gallery in the Mill on the Fleet.
And the following morning was talking to the exiled Palestinian poet, Ghazi Hussein, about his years of torture and imprisonment. This was a Scottish PEN event chaired by Liz Niven and featured PENnings, an anthology of writings by refugees and PEN members.  

Read about Ghazi and the Scottish PEN event on my blog page.     

Bottle of Red podcast: I'm in conversation with Ross Garner about Myra Hindley and Dangerous Women in general.

Nik Williams and I appeared on Shirley Whiteside's show, Books,  talking about Scottish PEN, books and my collection of four novellas, The Four Maryst


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