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a green raft on a muddy swell

A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell, a collection of short stories that includes a novella-length excerpt from The Smell of Sulphur–that novel I’ve been working on for so long–has been shortlisted for the 2013 Scott Prize (Salt Publishing, UK). … Continue reading

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friday harbor leaving

Strange to think from here that I was there. It was a kind of scouring being there. The days shone and then went dry, were light then dark, as was the writing, which flourished and disappeared like the moon, like the weather, … Continue reading

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slate chalkboard

Back from a walk. Ten minutes to the top of University Road because it’s a climb and back down through the trees to the open water. Deer along the road. Completely unafraid. Every once in a while I see one flinch. … Continue reading

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on skivers and and reverie

Feeling nostalgic. It’s taken 3 weeks to absorb where I’ve been and what it meant. We were there for the state of mind that engenders writing, though other things happened and other things came and were observed and recorded. I’ll … Continue reading

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a day in edinburgh

A week ago today I took a trek into Edinburgh. Beautiful windy day. Lots of sun. Even the walk up the drive to the castle gate felt like an adventure. Wasn’t sure whether there was a proper stopping point for … Continue reading

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my room at the top of the trees

The stone step at the back of the garden is where I start my day. Coffee, the wind and the river. Haven’t ventured out too far yet. I like my view into the treetops very well. My room is the … Continue reading

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hawthornden

My bags were there on arrival, but no one who seemed to be looking for me. Walked outside and then back in. Was standing by a counter to wait when a man approached and searched my eyes with craned neck … Continue reading

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