Category Archives: Writing

New Clients, Old Friends

A busy period with a mix of writing (MHA), media production (the Church of Scotland General Assembly) and, as of yesterday, media awareness development.

MHA Auchlochan Website

MHA Auchlochan’s new website, for which I wrote the original copy,  isnow live.

Variety is the spice of life

The last few days have been spent shifting back and forth between projects: planning ahead for future MHA publications (just about to enter a third contract with them) and also into the next production cycle for Momentum (Momentum 14 now … Continue reading >;/span>

Schindler and Exceeding Expectations

A couple of follow-ups from previous entries. Back in October 2008, my abridgement of Thomas Keneally’s Searching for Schindler went out on Radio 4. I notice on Amazon one listener’s response to the broadcast (“immediately caught my imagination and curiosity…”). Also … Continue reading >;/span>

One of the 20 per cent

Caroline Taggart, editor of Writer’s Market, notes that “only about 20 per cent of people who describe themselves as writers earn all their income from writing”.

More than just words at MHA

It seems that every time I listen to news about the care of older people, it reinforces my admiration for MHA, the UK housing and care charity that continues to keep me busy (latest in-house magazine currently at the printers).

Out and about at the Edinburgh Fringe

Back from a stimulating discussion hosted by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland on the pros and cons of adapting novels into stage productions. Something of a jump from abridging books for radio – but maybe not a bridge too far?

Time Flies

Where has the first quarter of the year gone? Yesterday I saw some of Threads, the Church of Scotland DVD series for which I developed the shooting script some while back. It has taken a while to come to fruition … Continue reading >;/span>

Increasing Momentum

The first monthly update of the Methodist website Momentum has gone live today. Short of a constantly managed, ever-changing site, this works as a compromise idea and encourages people to visit the pages more regularly.We hope!

And Did Those Feet – BBC 4 Book of the Week

A full few weeks. Another Book of the Week abridgement completed for BBC Radio 4. And Did Those Feet by Charlie Connelly – goes out during the week of January 5. The next edition of Momentum underway and plenty of work … Continue reading >;/span>

Momentum Online

This morning, the latest of edition of the Methodist online magazine, Momentum, has gone live.

Exceeding Expectations book launch

Exceeding Expectations was launched yesterday at an event arranged by Viewpoint Housing. Quite a formal ‘do’, but MSP Ross Finnie added a light touch and a striking depth of knowledge about the social housing sector. He seemed to like the … Continue reading >;/span>

MHA Housekeeping Manual

The final tweaks have now been made to the Housekeeping Manual I’ve been working on for MHA over the past few months. I am contracted to write a wide range of materials for MHA, a UK-wide housing and care charity … Continue reading >;/span>

Pick of the Day and Pick of the Week

Nice to see the Keneally abridgement being chosen as Pick of the Day by The Guardian and other newspapers. An extract was also repeated on Radio 4’s “Pick of the Week” programme. I note that the book itself is getting … Continue reading >;/span>

Searching for Schindler – BBC 4 ‘Book of the Week’

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast my abridgement of Searching for Schindler by Thomas Keneally during the week of October 20th. Each day at 9.45am. Repeated each evening. More info on the book at Amazon.

A Mission of Mercy

Life & Work Popeye wouldn’t have approved of this at all: a toddler running across deck, brandishing a model of the said sailor man, while an older child tests out a go-cart. Nearby, basketball hoops stand off duty ready for … Continue reading >;/span>

A Son of the South

Life & Work Magazine You arrive in Atlanta after a nine-hour flight and a check-in process that feels almost as long. Dutifully, you keep awake during your first hours of newness in this sprawling home of CNN and Coca-Cola – … Continue reading >;/span>

Ian Rankin Review

The Herald John Rebus is in danger, his followers will be surprised to learn, of turning into Miss Marple. But for the flashes of deadpan humour and some familiar faces in the supporting line-up (Edinburgh’s facades among them), there’s a … Continue reading >;/span>

Kazuo Ishiguro Interview

The Herald   Appearances can be deceptive. They are when one is in the company of Kazuo Ishiguro, much as they are when reading one of his books. Gentle and thoughtful, at times almost contemplative, his easy manner is disarming. … Continue reading >;/span>

Man in the seaweed mask

The Herald ‘Health & Wellbeing’ supplement Men’s Health section I’m glad to note that the small circular pads being placed gently onto my eyes are not in fact slices of cucumber. I can’t stand cucumber, and I’ve only ever seen … Continue reading >;/span>