Archive for March, 2010

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Cover Story

March 27, 2010

Is it Alloa’s answer to Posh and Becks? Maybe not, but my husband Gavin and I were featured on the front page of the local press at the weekend.  The article was based on an interview regarding our collaboration on Trialling the Content.

Alloa and Hillfoots Weekender 26 March 2010

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Hear Here

March 26, 2010

What an inspiring evening I’ve had at Alloa Writers performance night.  I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing showcase of readings by some of our very talented local writers.  A particular highlight was the performance by the extraordinary Stirling based writer Billy Letford.  My only disappointment was discovering that I can’t currently buy a book of his work, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. 

Here’s a short video of one of Billy’s performances for you to enjoy.

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Glass Fusion at the Make Room

March 20, 2010

After recently volunteering to help out at The Make Room in Alloa, I went along to a glass fusion workshop this afternoon.  It was a great opportunity to see some of the basic techniques of creating a piece of glass art.  Although I had gone along as a volunteer, I couldn’t resist having a go myself.  The fruits of my labour are currently on route to the kiln to be fired, but I’ll be sure post a pic once my handywork is returned to me.

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My Literary Hero

March 19, 2010

I have just returned from a most inspirational and entertaining hour and a half in the company of writer and artist Alasdair Gray.  Alloa library hosted an audience with Alasdair this evening to open the ClacksWrite Writers’ Festival 2010.

I’ve keenly followed Alasdair’s writing since reading his debut novel ‘Lanark’ many years ago.  Alasdair has an impressive catalogue of critically acclaimed work and adds his own exciting brand of illustration to his texts.  Visit his site here to find out more about his work. 

Alasdair Gray signing my treasured copy of Lanark

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Vanilla

March 5, 2010

Finished.  Decided on good old fashioned vanilla ice cream, my favourite.

Vanilla - coloured pencil March 2010

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My feathered friend

March 3, 2010

Trialling the Content, a bi monthly magazine published by Alloa Writers, will be issued shortly. Here is a sneak preview of my cover artwork for the first issue of 2010:

Trialling the content February 2010

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Sunshine!

March 2, 2010

I’ve just had a lovely message from fellow artist and blogger Graham Hanks to tell me he has nominated me for a Sunshine Award.  It’s certainly brightened my day!  The Sunshine Award is a blogger award for creativitiy and positivity, so I feel honoured to have been nominated.

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One of the perks of receiving this award is that I can now nominate my own personal top 12 creative bloggers to receive the award.  It was a tough task as I follow quite a number of amazing blogs.  After much procrastination and in no particular order, here is my list (prepare to be wowed):

Vivien Blackwood

Lynne Chapman

Nicki MacRae

Jeanette Jobson

Maria Pace-Wynters

Sandy Maudlin

Sarah Wimperis

Sally Mavour

Sally Tharp

Gina Wright

Derek Jones

Liz Hill