After becoming fascinated by Alexander Reid, the Glasgow art dealer friendly with and painted by Vincent van Gogh, I researched Reid, winkling out information on those around him with whom he had connections, and writing a biography, as yet unpublished. Drawing on my research I produced a booklet (Alexander Reid and the Japanese Influence: Arts, ships and plants, ISBN 978-0-9553312-3-7) that accompanied an exhibition I curated as part of Cowalfest 2009. Cowalfest was an annual walking and arts festival in Argyll, co-founded by myself and my husband, of which I was vice chair for eight years prior to moving back to the Borders. That led to two and a half novels which still twitch on my computer, then to joining Borders Writers’ Forum and writing short stories. In 2011 I was shortlisted for a Meridian competition and for the Scottish Wave of Change competition. I contributed to the last Borders Writers’ Form anthology and have a piece in their third anthology being published later this year. I was co-editor of both of these publications. (Border Voices on Border Ruins ISBN 978-0-9567128-0-6, and Scottish Borders and Beyond). I also have responsibility for the BWF website – www.borderswritersforum.org.
Persuaded to attend a workshop with Muriel Romanes, actor and prize-winning director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company, organised by Treading the Borders, I produced the first few pages of a play which was commented on enthusiastically and which I was urged to complete. The completed play, See them rats, was recently workshopped by Treading the Borders and is part of a double bill being produced by Kath Mansfield’s Odd Productions. Performances have been arranged around the Borders in late November/early December. See them rats is about three homeless guys, a sculptor and… tanks.
With the self-publishing of my novel In the Wake of the Coup I have joined the Alliance of Independent Authors.