Stay at home book fest: Cymera 2020

Like its mythical namesake, who with various fire-breathing heads and snake-tail is nothing if not adaptable, Cymera Festival made the switch to digital-only this year with speed and aplomb. Running over three days (5th – 7th June), panels, workshops, quizzes, and readings were attended through YouTube channels and live Zoom conferences, featuring an amazing array … More Stay at home book fest: Cymera 2020

Lanyard Person: Reading at Granite Noir

I’ve been busy lately, polishing up a TOP SECRET PROJECT, so this post about last month’s Granite Noir festival is a little late. Granite Noir is Aberdeen’s yearly crime writing festival, and in 2020 featured appearances from genre legends Ian Rankin, Stuart McBride, Ambrose Parry (pen name of Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman), Denise … More Lanyard Person: Reading at Granite Noir

Granite Noir 2020

Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival, kicks off this weekend and I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of it as one the festival’s Locals in the Limelight. Among events featuring big name authors such as Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Ambrose Parry, Ben Aaronovitch, and Aberdeen’s own Stuart McBride, I’ll be doing a couple of readings … More Granite Noir 2020

Ness Book Fest

  I’m delighted to be heading to Inverness for Ness Book Fest next month to do a reading! I’ll be reading some flash fiction at the beginning of Mandy Haggith’s nature poetry event at the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery on Thursday 3rd October at 3pm. Mandy Haggith is an excellent poet and author. Her … More Ness Book Fest

Cymera, Thin Air, and the inner life of Darth Sidious

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of travelling down to Edinburgh to go to Cymera Festival, Scotland’s first ever book festival dedicated to sci-fi, fantasy and horror writing. Held at prominent Fringe venue and labyrinthian maze, The Pleasence, from 7th-9th June, some of the world’s leading SFF and horror authors, including Gareth … More Cymera, Thin Air, and the inner life of Darth Sidious