03/07/2020

 Hi everyone - what a strange season this has been! I hope that you and yours have been able to stay safe during these challenging times, and I'm sending all my love to you as we face the world's next chapter. Life in lockdown has brought changes for us all, and I thought I'd share some of the things I've been working on here, especially new poems and paintings that I hope will help raise a rainbow smile.

I had a lovely surprise when one of my all-time favourite poems, 'Weeding', was selecte...

17/11/2019

Hello everyone and happy autumn! A short and (literally) sweet blog this time ... Fortnum & Mason recently put out a call for short stories inspired by their new 'Library of Chocolate' bars and I thought I would share mine with you here! Writers were given the story title - 'Fire in the Hive' in my case! - and a short 'blurb' for inspiration - for this one, all about honey heiress Lottie Jermyn finding herself in a sticky situation! With only 500 words in which to concoct a chocolate lover's tal...

30/06/2019

Hi everyone! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are (but not too hard - if you’re anything like Miss Gypsy, you won’t want to walk when it’s too warm outside)! I'd like to start by thanking everyone who responded to my recent Instagram story - now that I’m approaching the end of the novel writing process, I wanted to film a video all about the inception, creation and (eventual) publication of Ellen and Arbor! I hope you enjoy this video - it’s a long 'un but a good 'un, and I’ve broken down...

01/06/2019

Hello there, my little Junebugs! Truth be told, I tried to begin this blog in May (and in April too!) I've been so busy polishing up the final draft of my own novel, Ellen and Arbor, that all other writing work has had to take a back seat. And yet when I've not been writing (or painting, of course!) then I have been reading, and I wanted to share a few of my favourite finds for the next time you're stuck without a page turner! 

The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri has received a great deal of press att...

10/02/2019

Baby, it's cold outside and it's making my Kiltwalk practice sessions that little bit trickier (click the link for more information on my springtime challenge and to add your sponsorship for the Scottish SPCA!) That said, winter weather is perfect for painting and, of course, for getting stuck into a good book (reading or writing it!). Here are some of my favourites finds this month across literature and the arts: from dashing vets to delightful otters!

Bookmark: 'Listening to the Animals: Becomi...

20/01/2019

'That Love is all there is,

Is all we know of Love;

It is enough, the freight should be

Proportioned to the groove.'

Happy 2019, Glasgow Gallerina gang! One of the most beautiful Christmas gifts I received this year (or technically last year - doesn't time fly?!) was a gorgeous Folio Society illustrated edition of Emily Dickinson's poems. Here at GG, I hope the next 12 months are going to be full of paintings, poetry and prose, so I thought it would be lovely to start with a blog inspired by some of...

05/12/2018

Deck the halls ... can you believe that another year is drawing (literally drawing for me!) to a close? I've been delighted to see my artwork spread its wings and fly to happy customers all over the globe, and also to progress with my debut novel. I'm currently midway through draft three - and my characters are still capable of surprising me! Ellen and Arbor is taking shape in a way that expresses exactly what I wanted my first book to say: a positive, playful tribute to taking your place within...

15/11/2018

As regular readers of my blog will know, I end every 'Diary of a Novel' entry with a Bookmark highlighting what I've been reading this month. As a passionate reader as well as writer, I love the opportunity to share books that I've discovered and, of course, to hear your recommendations too! This month, however, it feels like a paragraph just won't be enough. The book I've been reading - or more accurately, the audiobook I've been listening to - has raised so many ideas that are relevant to my o...

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