Proposed for 2020

September 11th – 13th Historical Novel Society Conference

May 9th – Scottish Federation of Christian Writers Conference

March 19th – Bowden Church Guild – Life with the Luthers

March 18th – Kelso Library -Author Talk

March 10th- 12th – London Book Fair

February 18th – Innerleithen Probus – Food Standards Regulation 16th Century style.

February 10th- 15th – Writing retreat at Abbotsford House on behalf of Society of Authors in Scotland

January 21st – Duns U3A – History in Historical Fiction: Icing on the Cake or Main Ingredient?

Creative Writing Fellow Tyne and Esk contract continues January – March.


December 5th – Greenlaw Guild – Life with the Luthers –

November 22nd – Norham Christmas Fair.

November 4th – Berwick-Upon Tweed U3A – Transforming history into fiction.

Appointment as Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk –  contract involving a mix of workshops / individual feedback and mentoring for 8 writing groups in the Lothians. One visit per group per month. Workshops planned for October – March: Word Choice, Dialogue, Character, Description, Memoir, POV.

June 27th / 28th – BGH – Book Sale

June 10th – Norham and Ladykirk History Society – Author talk.

May 11th – Boswell Book Festival –  Chaired discussion – The influence of Ayrshire and its families on my Munro saga.

March 18th – Chirnside History Group – Finding Katharina – Research in Saxony.

March 12th-14th – London Book Fair

March 9th International Women’s Day – Writing about conflict – a woman’s perspective. 

March 6th – Kelso Library – Author event  By Sword and Storm – the trilogy finale? Or not?

February 5th – Author talk – Eccles Village Hall


December 8th – Bookstall at Dundee Book Fair

December 6th – Bookstall at Heriot Watt Christmas Fair

November 29th – Noir at the Bar – Edinburgh

November 23rd – Norham Christmas Fair

November 22nd – Book Week Scotland presentation – In search of a rebel: 1000 miles in Saxony – 2.30pm Galashiels Library

November 19th – Author event at Eckford Book Group

October 26th  – Bookstall at Heriot Watt Fayre, Galashiels.

October 18th – Borders Writers Forum – He said, She said – workshop on Dialogue

October 4th-  By Sword and Storm Launch Blackwells, Edinburgh.

October 3rd – By Sword and Storm Launch Mainstreet Trading Bookshop, St Boswells.

September 29th – Irvine – Pitch and Punt event at Tidelines Festival.

September 18th – Bookstall at Paxton House Craft Fair.

September 8th – Grantown – Panellist in the ‘It’s Nae the Tudors’ Historical Fiction  Festival

August 26th – Historical Novel Society International Conference – When fact and Fiction Meet: Getting it Right in Historical Fiction 

August 11th – EIBF – Society of Authors in Scotland information event

June 26th – Mainstream Trading, St Boswells – Introduction to the Society of Authors

June 23rd St Boswells – Scottish Association of Writers / Borders Writers Forum Author Day – Reiving and Weaving – Stealing stories from Life 

June 15th – Borders Book Festival – Borders Quartet – Author event. 

June 5th Crowne Plaza, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Panellist at Amazon Author Academy

May 27th Podcast with Madeleine D’Este (Australia)

March 28th Old Gala Club – The Great Tapestry of Scotland

March 25th Hawick Literary Tea – The Scottish Tower House and the Border Reivers – not just a home; a way of life.

March 12th  The Self-Publishing Journey – Practical pointers for successful self-publishing –  ‘Future Proof’ Author’s Day in conjunction with the Society of Authors and Creative Scotland.

January 26th Book Group Peebles – presentation on Katharina + Q+A

January 23rd Melrose Literary Society – Finding Katharina – researching an historical character.

January 18th Borders Writers Forum – He said, She said – workshop on Dialogue (cancelled due to snow – will be re-arranged)

January 9th  Book Group Galashiels  – presentation on Katharina + Q+A



December 5th Makerstoun Rural – To Write or not to Write, that is the question…

December 2nd, pm Auchterarder – Finding Katharina – The Story of Martin Luther’s wife

December 2nd, am Auchterarder – Publishing Panel with Luna Press, Noel Chidwick (magazine Editor) and Bill Duguid (Writers’ Group).

November 25th pm Previously Festival, Edinburgh – The 1000 mile search for Katharina, Martin Luther’s Wife

November 25th am Previously Festival, Edinburgh – 2 hour Workshop – Writing Historical Fiction

November 15th St Paul’s Guild, Galashiels –  Finding Katharina – The Story of Martin Luther’s Wife

October 25th Mainstreet Trading, St Boswells – Book Launch – Katharina: Deiverance

October 18th Blackwells Bookshop, Edinburgh – Book Launch – Katharina: Deliverance

October 5th Greenlaw Women’s Guild – Finding Katharina – The Story of Martin Luther’s Wife

September 28th: Borders Heritage Festival, Galashiels Library, Workshop – Writing Authentic Historical Fiction

September 6th Borders Heritage Festival, Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh – Finding Inspiration in Place

September 2nd Creative Peebles – Open Mic event

August 28th Creative Peebles – Writers workshop – Authenticity in Historical Fiction

August 26th Creative Peebles – Chairing Abridged – New Borders Anthology

June 15th Borders Book Festival Chairing Launch event for Abridged – New Borders Anthology

June 3rd Ayr History Festival, Troon – Author Stand

May 18th Borders Writers Forum – Shared presentation – Traditional v Self-publishing

May 15th Chirnside History Group – What’s in this Meat Pie – Food Standards Agency 16th c Style.

May 16th Southside Fringe Festival – Pollock House 2.00pm Writing Historical Fiction (with fellow HF author Louise Turner)

May 9th Open Evening Wilton Dean Rural – Being an Author – ‘The Slings and Arrows’ 

March 21st  Edinburgh – Marie Stuart Society – 16th c Burgh Regulations

March 11th Skype tutorial to Creative Writing Class in Qatar – What Happens Next?

February 23rd Moffat – Writer’s Workshop – Crafting a Story


November 22nd – Ayr Book Fair – Author Event

November 12th St Boswells Open Mic – Chairing / Author Reading – Dust Blowing

October 27th Arran – Author Event – A Writer’s Journey

October 22nd Berwick Literary Festival – Author Event – Writing the Short Story /Book Launch for Dust Blowing and Other Stories

October 6th Thursday Group, Kelso – The Dreaded Sequel

August 27th Peebles Arts Festival – Chairing / Author Reading – A House Divided

June 19th Borders Writers Forum Event @ Borders Book Festival – Chairing / Author   Reading – A House Divided

June 19th  Borders Book Festival – Chairing / In Conversation with  author E.S Thomson

June 18th Open Mic Event  Melrose – Author Reading – A House Divided

May 27th  Ardrossan Castle Historical Society – Author Reading –  A House Divided

April 25th Aberdeen Book Group – Feedback / Discussion of A House Divided

Mar 16th Berwick Probus – Food Standards Agency 16th c Style.

Feb 14th – March 12th on Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship.

Feb 9th Melrose Literary Society – Panel Discussion on Writing /Publishing Fiction.

Feb 2nd Holy Trinity Book Group, Melrose – Feedback / Discussion of A House Divided


Nov 26th Berwick Church of Scotland Guild – Faith and Fiction.

Nov 25th Ayr Writers Club – Mercure Hotel 7.30pm ‘A Sense of Place’

Nov 23rd  Kelso Book Group – Feedback / Discussion of A House Divided

Nov 7th Open Mic event – Jedburgh Bowling Club 2.00pm

Oct 29th Launch Party for A House Divided 6.00pm Mainstreet Trading,

St Boswells.

Oct 28th Dunse History Society – ‘What’s on the Menu Tonight? – Food in
the 16th c.’

Oct 16th Berwick literary Festival – Author event – Parish Centre 12.00 noon

Oct 15th Launch of A House Divided at Blackwells Bookshop. Edinburgh.

Sept 29th Kelso Writers Group – Writing the Past

Sept 26th Open Mic event – Quaker Meeting House, 2.30pm

June 14th Chairing at Borders Book Festival (Historian David Crane /

June 1st Jedburgh Grammar Creative Writing Club – Short story

May 21st Borders Writers Forum – The Dreaded Sequel.

March 30th Dunfermline Ladies Group – Faith and Fiction.

March 23rd Jedburgh Grammar School Creative Writing Club – Beginnings -
Short Story.

March 18th Eckford WRI – Author Event.

February 9th U3A Kelso – Author event.

February 5th Kelso Thursday group- Author event.

January 28th St Peter’s Primary (P7) – The Auld Alliance, Culloden, Creative

Writing and Being an Author.


November 29th Previously Festival (St Andrews) – ‘History in Historical Fiction. Main Ingredient or Icing on the Cake?’

November 21st Previously Festival (Edinburgh) – History in Historical Fiction.

October 23-24th School Visits (Northern Ireland)

24th Wallace High School Year 11 – Creating Setting

Student Librarians – The Joy of Reading (and Writing)

Prep Department – You can Write!

24th Friends School, Lisburn Year 11 – Openings

23rd: Sullivan Upper School Year 11 – The Historical Context for Macbeth

Creative Writing Club – Want to be a Writer?

October 18th Berwick Literary Festival – Author Event.

October 6th Edinburgh Writers Club – Writing Authentic Historical Fiction.

September 18th Kelso Probus – The Long Road to Publication.

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