Category Archives: Writing

Building progress

The Edinburgh Festival may be in full swing, but the summer is already tearing away, with a range of projects bouncing along happily. The Heritage Lottery funded communications project for Augustine United Church is making good progress. It’s great to … Continue reading >;/span>

Welcoming BASW work

Delighted to be asked to do some work for BASW (the British Association of Social Workers), publisher of Professional Social Work magazine.

Getting social with small groups

Am pleased to have made a proper start today on a contract for a pilot project with a UK-wide charitable organisation. A website and related social media will be developed to encourage and suport a wide variety of small groups … Continue reading >;/span>

Book off to the printers

2014 has brought, amongst other things, the proofing of a book I was working on during the back end of last year : Reflections on Eldership: insights from practising elders. Initiatially using a questionnaire, but increasingly via face to face … Continue reading >;/span>

Deep Sea and Foreign Going ‘Book of the Week’

Have just finished abridging Deep Sea and Foreign Going by Rose George for Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’ slot. Broadcasting week beginning 9 September 2013. One of those books that, in honesty, I probably wouldn’t pick up in a … Continue reading >;/span>

Go for it! Stories worth telling

A little over a year ago I was commissioned to edit these stories about community-based projects run by or involving local churches. We told the stories in order to publicise a new Church of Scotland fund that is providing grants … Continue reading >;/span>

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas for R4 Extra

With our new DVD making an initial favourable impression with the client, it’s now straight on to new projects. An abridgement for The 4, o’clock show (BBC R4 Extra) of David Almond’s delightful novel for younger readers (and their parents!), … Continue reading >;/span>

Herald publishes affordable housing article

Had an article published in The Herald today. It highlights a unique affordable housing initiative on the Isle of Arran and is driven by Scottish Churches Housing Action. Whitebeam Housing aims to purchase empty housing for sale on island and … Continue reading >;/span>

New Singing the Faith Plus front page

  Dave Webster has done a lovely job refreshing the front page of Singing the Faith Plus. Thanks Dave!

Church of Scotland Go For It Fund

I’ve been editing a new booklet that heralds The Church of Scotland’s Go For It fund. The fund, which draws together three existing fund/committees, supports a wide range of amazing locally-based intiatives in communities right across Scotland. It’s been good … Continue reading >;/span>

A good week for Singing the Faith Plus

It’s a good week when you finish a piece of work for the BBC and learn that the stats  on the website you edit “are fab”. Really – it doesn’t take much to make a home-worker cheery.

New website up and running

Singing the Faith Plus is a new website designed to support and complement the new British Methodist hymn book, Singing the Faith. We went live last month and feedback so far has been positive.

Venetian Navigators – BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

My abridgement of Venetian Navigators by Andrea di Robilant began on Radio 4 this morning. Produced by Kirsteen Cameron, whose choice of music and reader (Sam Dale) has added to the episodes a good deal of atmosphere. It was a … Continue reading >;/span>

Singing the Faith Plus

Happy to have had my first official day on an interesting new contract: with the UK Methodist Church again but this time coordinating content for a new website – Singing the Faith Plus.

Never Let Me Go

(Not a Valentine’s Day greeting.) To the film of Kazuo Ishiguro’s book on Saturday night. To my surprise, I didn’t cry – though it’s bleak viewing, only made bearable by a beautiful central relationship.

New contract

Can’t say too much yet as I’ve not signed on the dotted line but I interviewed on Tuesday for a great third sector contract and made the grade. It’s a project with real potential and, uniquely in my freelance life, … Continue reading >;/span>

Living beyond dementia

This is the title of a publication I wrote for the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium during the autumn – an accessible, radically shortened version of a substantial piece of research (Extra Care Housing and People with Dementia: a scoping … Continue reading >;/span>

New year, new work

Almost the end of January already. Most of the snow and ice is away (but never say never) and dog walks have resumed normal service. The start of the year has been a little quieter, though has offered time for … Continue reading >;/span>

Wareing on the web

It doesn’t die, the work we create; it simply translates to another life. Virtual, random, “rag, tag and bobtail” – however you care to describe it, the world wide web hoovers up our past and offers occasional glimpses of ourselves … Continue reading >;/span>

Discovering the origins of Scotland – on BBC Radio 4

A new Radio 4 abridgement has come onto the schedule for July: Stuart Kelly’s Scott-land: the man who invented a nation. He ranges far and wide, which should make editing a suitable audio selection a pleasurable challenge!