26 Children’s Winters at the Museum of Childhood

26MLIn the last few months,  I’ve been working on creating my first ever Sestude – a creative written response that is just 62 words long for ’26’ a not-for-profit group who love words, and who are unafraid to bring together writers and creatives who use words in all manner of ways: copywriters and poets, screenwriters and novelists, journalists and technical writers.

I was selected for the 26 Childrens Winters project which will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh (starting in October). I excitedly waited to see which item from the Museum’s collection I’d be given for inspiration, then it was up to me to create my 62 word response. I was initially less moved by my object that I’d expected, but as I researched it and studied it, trying to stay openminded, I started to see how much of a link to history it was and suddenly I had an unruly but undeniably present sestude. It’s a great discipline having the restriction of 62 words – every single word matters, and now that I’ve redrafted and resubmitted my final draft, I’m pleased with the result. The sestude, my inspirational object and all the others will be here:

Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG from 9 October, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 17 March, 2016 @ 5:00 pm (exact dates to be confirmed).

We’ll also be hosted at Edinburgh City of Literature’s Salon to chat about the project in November, and the exhibition’s online advent calendar goes live (for 26 days) on 1st December.


The Last Guest at the Edinburgh Fringe

vpt logoWow, I know, 2 posts in a month… living on the edge!

But August is proving to be a very good writing month, with the news that my short play The Last Guest will be playing the Edinburgh Fringe as part of Village Pub Theatre’s extravaganza of writing.

If you fancy seeing it, along with lots of other great writing, then it’s on the evening of 29th August – tickets here! 

They featured the first public reading of the play so it was great to be asked to reprise it for the Fringe. It has developed from a much more esoteric piece I wrote for the Traverse Theatre’s Noisy Words about a woman who finds…. well….. a rather unique final guest leftover from her Halloween party (to tell you more would spoil it!).

Nice piece here by The Scotsman. And the VPT Facebook page is here if you want to stay updated.

Now I’ve given it a little edit and refresh, I desperately want to make it long-form and into a musical. I know. That’s nuts. But I might do it anyway.

Hula – short film

11402911_828546260559862_5212990989196814484_oHello, been a while, but I’ve been busy!

In my day life I’ve been writing about cocktails and all things cidery for Thistly Cross Cider.

In my freelance life, one of the things I’ve been working on for the last 8 months is a Scottish-based co-written short film called Hula.

Set in the Highlands of Scotland, it’s a story about liberation.

Plot Outline: When her daughter leaves for the bright city lights, a lonely, cash-strapped divorcée must open her home as bed and breakfast. But each guest that arrives disturbs her status quo – can she accept this change and embrace mid-life liberation in her small rural community?

I’ve been developing, writing, rewriting and honing (we love the word ‘honing’) alongside writer Claire Nicol and director/writer Robin Haig, and now I’m thrilled to say we have script lock! Due to film in the early Autumn, there will soon be more exciting news, but for now if you’d like to follow our progress, please ‘like’ our official Facebook page here.