What's On

My next event is at 7.30pm this Wednesday, 26th July, at the Scotia Bar, Stockwell Street, Glasgow.
With a group of like-minded friends I'm setting up a new charity for peace - Dove Tales, the Association of Scottish Artists for Peace. (ASAP)
Come and meet us on Wednesday and find out all about our aims and activities. There will be fantastic music from Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, who were shortlisted in this year's BBC Young Folk awards.
Open mic. Email me to book a slot:

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


@fireopal19 and on behalf of Dove Tales at @dovetalesasap

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