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Postbox Magazine Launch

2 May

Very excited to be reading at the launch of the first ever edition of Postbox Magazine. What’s more, it’s at the Scottish Poetry Library (don’t worry, I will be reading prose.) at 1pm on Saturday the 4th of May. Can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy, and delighted to be in the company of two other G2 Writers (Alan Macfarlane and Charlie Gracie), along with other great talents.

I am also just back from my annual writers’ retreat – this year we went south, to The Bakehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet – 8 of us read, wrote, slept, walked, ate and laughed. It gave me time to get some submissions off (still looking for a publisher for my short story collection) and to get my head back in gear for my novel. Putting what I’ve written into the right order, was a good start.

Big hooray also that one of my kids has now been discharged from their consultant’s care, while another has been well and at school for the longest period in 2 years. Phew.

Gatehouse of Fleet - Wickerman

Featured in the Wickerman – Gatehouse of Fleet

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G2 Writers (plus guest) enjoying the banter in Gatehouse of Fleet

Beautiful cherry blossom

Gatehouse of Fleet

Workshop Places

31 Jan

I am running a workshop in the West End of Glasgow on the 17th of Feb, with some of my wonderful G2 colleagues running one the following weekend. More details and to book tickets click here.

Chroma – The Red Issue

29 Oct

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been approached to submit a creative non-fiction piece to a new magazine, well, I am very pleased to say that Shot to the Heart is going to appear in the first issue of Chroma.

Each issue is based on a colour, No.1 is Red. There is a launch event in a couple of weeks in Brighton, unfortunately too far for me to travel – but if you’re nearby you could pop in. Watch this space for how you can make a purchase.

The website for Chroma is gorgeous, so I can’t wait to see the printed edition. Properly chuffed about this one.

Aye Write – Reading Event

21 Feb

I will be taking part in the Sudden Fame event at the Aye Write Festival on Sunday 13th of March at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Sudden Fame showcases writers from the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and always proves to be a very varied night.

Copies of my book will be available for sale at the event.


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Aye Write Book Festival – Glasgow

20 Apr

Dear All, it’s that great time of year again when the Glasgow streets are awash with writers for the Aye Write Book Festival. Tonight Maggie Ritchie author of Paris Kiss is performing at the Mitchell Library, and tomorrow and Friday it’s my turn. I’m part of the Scottish Writers’ Centre showcase tomorrow – Tuesday 21st of April at 6.30pm in the Stirling Room of the Mitchell library. On Friday the 24th of April I’m reading as part of the Federation of Writers Sudden Fame event – 8pm in the Mitchell Library, although I’m not sure what room.

It would be great to see you there. I’m off to practice and time my readings.

What’s Happening Dude? (For want of a better title)

12 Mar

So, what is happening? Well some good things – heard I’m to be published in the next anthology by the Federation of Writers’ (Scotland) and will also be performing (for three whole minutes) at their Sudden Fame event during the Aye Write festival at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow on the 24th of March – more details to follow.

Some bad things – family illnesses carry on, some getting worse, others getting better, others staying reappearing – but all draining my energy quite a bit.

As a result of the above illnesses I’ve been finding it quite difficult to concentrate on much new writing, but mid-edit so that carries on. I’m also going to try to be inspired by the prompts on the Creative Writing Ink webpage which allows you to link back to your blog, so hopefully you’ll be seeing some short pieces here soon. Other useful competition info from them is found at

Scottish Writers’ Centre

20 Mar

Another great night at the Scottish Writers’ Centre based in the CCA. A glass of wine to calm the nerves  before hand (there’s a first for everything). Some great photos of the speakers – yikees including me – and a run-down of the night at

Event – 17th of December

13 Dec

I’m doing a reading at the CCA in Glasgow on Tuesday night at 7pm in the Scottish Writers’ Centre clubroom. Come along if you can.
My writing at the moment has been suspended as I’m still dealing with family illness, but hopefully the New Year will bring progress on all fronts.

School’s Out

20 Sep

A new multimedia video of my flash fiction for this week. 

Spent the week looking after sick kid, finishing application for Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and preparing for tomorrow’s Pitch Live, which I’m getting increasingly excited and nervous about. I scanned through my first novel All the Places I’ve Ever Been again today, and still think it’s worth publishing, so will pitch tomorrow with gusto.

Can reveal now that I have been shortlisted for the Booktown Writers’ Short Story Award for my story The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but didn’t make it any further. The winning stories will be published on their website (I think) after the award ceremony in October, and there is going to be an anthology, but don’t know if I’ve made that.


End of a busy six months

10 Sep

I turned on my computer last night to write this blog, and basically got distracted by trying to sort out my photos. I’ve been terrible at getting things printed and although I’ve been backing up my camera to a hard disk I’ve got nothing physical in case everything goes phut. Didn’t get very far with the photos as the phone rang, my son threw up etc, etc, but it did give me time to reflect that I’m at the end of what’s been a very eventful six months.

In my immediate family we’ve had a Golden Wedding, an 80th birthday, First Communion, Confirmation, Child 2 starting High school (after the trauma of leaving Primary, a wedding and a 50th birthday.  Added to that there’s been a couple of funerals  and all the humdrum things like birthdays that don’t end in a zero and well, you know the stuff.

Squeezing in-between has been lots of time at the computer reading, writing and doing lots of things to try to address the whole work/life/writing balance. Somethings are working, some others have potential, while there’s still lots of wait and see. But what I have managed to do, is another reading – thus the footering with the camera. Here’s me reading at Tchai Otna a small tea house in the West End of Glasgow. While the weather has been wonderful all summer, it was freezing and pouring on Friday night which accounts for the cardigan and the chattering teeth. Mind you, if there is one thing a writer needs it’s a cardigan – heaven only knows we can’t afford the heating!

So now, I’m looking forward to a bit of calm – although my mum is about to move in with me for a couple of months, so it will be a different normality – so that I can relax and get on with the hard slog of getting this next novel finished.

Colette Coen reading at Tchai Otna on 6th of Sept 2013

Colette Coen reading at Tchai Otna on 6th of Sept 2013

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