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I'm thrilled to announce that Scottish PEN is re-launching its Writers for Peace initiative with a special performance of The Fields of War, a multi-media performance of work by two award-winning poets, Chrys Salt and Brian Johnstone.  
The show is part of the Southside Fringe Festival and is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd May at the Arts Village, Shawlands Arcade.
There are special guest appearances by Liz Niven and Finola Scott.
War is the most important issue of our time, of any time. Please join Scottish PEN in opposing it.


My latest article is 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 lovely 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 Scottish PEN's Writers in Prison Committee @scotsforfreedom.

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