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Books / India / Prana Soup / travel / World travel

Book Week Scotland

My appearance at Musselburgh Library for Book Week Scotland went well, with several people turning up, despite it being mid-week in the afternoon. The audience of mainly ladies of a certain age loved hearing about my Indian adventures. In particular they enjoyed the piece about Krishna, my handsome, 20-year-old, cycle rickshaw driver in Jaipur, Rajasthan. … Continue reading

The Penguin Lessons
Argentina / Buenos Aires / Magellan penguins / The Penguin Lessons / Tom Michell

The Penguin Lessons

At this challenging time I’m sure that many of us are turning to reading books to escape for a while. I’ve just finished The Penguin Lessons, by Tom Michell, which I can thoroughly recommend. It’s a true story set mainly in Argentina and describes some wonderful detail about that country, which I’ve never visited. Tom, … Continue reading

Book review / Chisholme Institute / Elif Shafak / Esoteric education / Istanbul / Oxford University / Turkey / Writing

Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve

I’ve just finished reading Three Daughters of Eve by the Turkish writer, Elif Shafak. She’s one of my favourite authors and her website has some wonderful quotes from her books https://www.elifsafak.com.tr/home. This book tells the story of Peri, a Turkish girl who goes to study at Oxford University. It focuses on her time as a … Continue reading

The Open University
Advanced Creative Writing / Books / Open University / radio plays / screenplays / stage plays

The Open University

This year I am studying an advanced creative writing course through the Open University. This course builds on the writing techniques I learned about in their creative writing course. I am finding out about writing screenplays, radio plays and stage plays, as well as developing my writing skills (hopefully!) My fantasy is to write a … Continue reading