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  • A weekend in Stirling

    A weekend in Stirling

    Here’s a fun fact for you… I share the same birthday, 17 March, with King James IV of Scotland. This was news to me, something Sandy and I discovered over the weekend while staying in Stirling for a couple of … Continue reading → Read more

  • Baked with Love – out today

    Baked with Love – out today

    Baked with Love is out today… I based it loosely on the Great British Bake Off show. Years ago, the programme’s hosts were Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, who were notorious for their dreadful baking puns and sly innuendo. To … Continue reading → Read more

  • Location, location, location

    Location, location, location

    Some years back, I went the book launch of Stonemouth, written by the late (and extremely great) Iain Banks, where he admitted he made up the town where the novel is situated because he despised doing research. That little titbit … Continue reading → Read more

  • The robots are coming for our jobs…

    The robots are coming for our jobs…

    Recently, there has been a lot of talk on the internet regarding AI and its usage in the creative professions, including fears that robots will take over the fun stuff, concerns that students will use it to cheat by creating … Continue reading → Read more

  • Food in books

    Food in books

    My latest novel, Baked with Love, is now available for pre-order. The book features a fictionalised version of a well-known and loved baking show, so there are a lot of descriptions of cakes in it. In general, there are a … Continue reading → Read more

  • Sally Wainwright – we are not worthy…

    Sally Wainwright – we are not worthy…

    What I’m watching (no spoilers!) Well… the end of Happy Valley! What did you think? The series writer Sally Wainwright receives a lot of well-deserved praise for her depiction of strong female characters, her ability to create conflict and ramp … Continue reading → Read more