Saturday, 11 September 2010

busy week!

I have had such a wonderful week. Since I was last on here I have been on a panel with Ian Rankin and Don Paterson at the Central Libary in Edinburgh. This was for the Tesco Summer Read. My book, "Grass" was shortlisted, one of very few children's books on the shortlist, along with so many wonderful books for adults. I was so delighted to be asked to share a panel with such eminent writers and I was a bit worried that I might say something daft, no change there, but everyone was so nice and it was a lovely evening, And though I probably did say something daft, no one mentioned it. The next morning I was off to Islay for the Islay Book Festival, visitng schools on the island, and doing creative writing workshops with the pupils.  I didn't come back until Monday, and then on Thursday I was back in Edinburgh for the announcement of the shortlist for the Royal Mail Scottish Book Awards, and Grass has been shortlisted for that too! I have known for weeks, but sworn to secrecy, not easy when you have a big mouth like mine. But now, the secret is out, and just being shortlisted is so fabulous. The other writers and books shortlisted in my category are The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird, and Crossing The Line by Gillian Philip.  We'll have to wait until next February to find out who the winner is. So for now, I am just going to enjoy being on the shortlist.  Yesterday I was at Forfar and Kirriemuir libraries and for the first time was able to tell pupils about the Award shortlist.  I am writng this in my son's house in Perthshire. That's where I stayed last night and my son and daughter in law took me out for a lovely celebration meal. Not a bad week, eh? And on Monday, I have another important meeting , but more about that next time....

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