Category: Outwalkers

The proof is in my hand

The proof is in my hand

It’s so exciting to get hands on a real book-shaped object finally, after the years of grind, and the sheaves of paper, and the months in front of a screen. This is what it’s come to, these pages all bound and shiny. I had a great time in Oxford at my publisher, David Fickling Books, …

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Northern retreats

Northern retreats

I spent the best part of January 2016 in spectacular Hawthornden Castle (see earlier post for photo), Lasswade, Scotland: the writers’ retreat set up by Mrs Drue Heinz, that offers month-long residencies to writers: uninterrupted time to write.     Snow on the ground, a hot water bottle on my lap while I wrote, ancient …

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NW Scotland research trip

NW Scotland research trip

Made a glorious trip in May 2016 to NW Scotland, in aid of research for the end of my new novel,¬†Outwalkers. Mostly my work involves me sitting for long hours on my own at a desk, surrounded by books, paper, notes, staring at a screen and battling my sentences. So having a legitimate work reason …

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