Jan
10

One-hundred years ago, my great-grandfather trekked down the pit road six and a half days a week, sometimes a mile into the gloom, to reach the current coal face of the Hamilton Palace Colliery in Lanarkshire, Scotland. (Those who lived in the?colliery’s tiny pit village of Bothwellhaugh affectionately knew it … Read More

Nov
16

Or what should be titled ?The best conversation starter ever?. What began as a trip in 2008 to explore my ancestral roots, grew into a niggle that refused to be stilled. Perhaps weeks of researching my family tree and their migration from Ireland to Scotland and on to Australia placed … Read More

Mar
09

During my time in Scotland, researching my novel, I fell in love with a small Roman brig near the site of where my great-grandparents? mining village once stood. (Bothwellhaugh, Lanarkshire) It conjured for me a strong sense of place and a romanticism that followed me home, begging me to write … Read More

Aug
03

How do you research a place that no longer exists? My WIP begins in a tiny Scottish coal mining village gone from existence some fifty years plus. A common enough story in Scotland. Mighty bings that once dominated the backdrop of such villages have all been removed and little remains … Read More

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