Recent things


Cove Park

I spent three weeks at Cove Park in July and August this year, working on a new book. There is nothing more conducive to concentration than silence, no internet, no phone, the slate-coloured streak of Loch Long visible through the windows of your live/work ‘cube’ and some very tranquil cows… I don’t know when I’ll… Read more »


The Mark Watkins Music Show

Thank you to Mark Watkins from Blast 1386 for talking to me – I loved being a part of the show. Whole show on Mixcloud, where he plays Robber Bride and A Long December, and also interviews Fiona Jane Burgess from Woman’s Hour. Interview with me as an mp3 below – we discuss Joni Mitchell, the… Read more »


The Story of Blue Roses

For years, I had in my head a tiny exchange – a girl, in a film, maybe, or a play, talking to someone, in an American accent, about ‘blue roses’. It would come to me sometimes – on buses, while walking – but I could never remember where I’d heard it first. Even while I was… Read more »