#FlashFictionFriday is live!

As promised in my last post – #FlashFictionFriday is here!

I have spent the day setting up and blogging about the first installment of this project.  Here is a link which will explain it:

#FlashFictionFriday is back!

Thanks must go to the ever-patient and helpful Hannah who has actually uploaded it to the website and done all the techy bits.

If you Tweet, please consider having a go at writing something.  Or encourage your friends to submit a piece – the more submissions the merrier.  If you don’t like the prompt, don’t worry – there’ll be another one along next week!

I also spent yesterday evening at the library, where I attended the launch of a visiting exhibition of the work of Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce.  The exhibition was accompanied by readings from Jackie Kay of three poems she has written, inspired by the exhibition.  This was not the first time I’ve been in an audience with Jackie and I am always struck by her personal warmth and ability to draw her audience in.  It was an inspiring evening.  The exhibition catalogue can be accessed here:

Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce

The new Glasgow Women’s Library Spring Programme was also launched yesterday and is packed with news of forthcoming activities, exhibitions and events, both in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland.

You can browse the programme here:

Spring 2019 Programme Out Now!



Pre-placement Panic

I am extremely lucky to have been granted an internship at Edinburgh’s fantasic Luath Press. But the start date is now a mere 3 days away and its fast approach brings with it a myriad of emotions.

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m far from shy (perhaps they’d even show you the video of me belting out Cher’s ‘Believe’ to a pub full of strangers). But I think a lot of English Lit students (including myself) have insisted they ‘want to work in publishing’, without really knowing what this entails. Now that I’ve been given a chance to see what it’s all about – I’ll admit I’m nervous. No amount of researching the company, reading the books they produce or googling ‘how to write a press release’ stops me from having the occasional panic …

What if they are disappointed by my lack of knowledge? What if the tasks I’m set are above my skillset? What if I can’t find the building? What if I don’t make a good impression? What if my idea of publishing is all wrong? And for heaven’s sake, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR??

But despite these worries, I am beyond excited. I’ve decided to give myself some much-deserved credit and tackle this opportunity like a boss.

Best of luck to anyone else fighting off nerves and trying new things.