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Tristan’s Inquest

I’ve been meaning to write a second piece about Tristan’s death, but haven’t known where exactly to begin. Things have certainly moved on since the first post. I just re-read…

Tristan’s birthday

I’m glad Christmas and Hogmanay are over. I learned they were things I had to move through, that I didn’t have to enjoy them or deal with them in any…

Surviving Sibling Suicide – alliterative, and nearly impossible!

I’ve been reading a lot of online blogs by other people who’ve lost their brothers, and the thing is, I’ve found them helpful. Way more helpful than the idea of talking to a counsellor or a group of people, because when I need help it tends to be in the morning when I’ve had a nightmare or can’t sleep. I hope maybe this blog will be helpful for others, too.

Festivals - What's the Point? Blog post

Festivals – What’s the Point? BAFA

A festival is an animal – a massive, shifting, multi-headed creature, and only counting its valuable tusks can never be an adequate description of the whole.

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Scottish Book Trust podcast

Ariadne discusses Neil Gaiman’s novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’.

The Dentist

This dentist was so vile and repulsive that everyone left his practice reeling, with a sense of having been violated in some unnameable way. You could never put your finger…


I’m writing a book right now which is about a small island in the South Pacific. In particular I’m very interested in the sense of romance which drove anthropologists, missionaries, historians, administrators for the British Empire and explorers in general to this part of the world.


I took my hard stomach in my hands, and examined my view of joggers afresh. Maybe there was a way I could run again, in the lunatic manner of my childhood, without having to wear anything silly or jog in a miserable straight line. Maybe I could run like the wind, wearing anything the hell I wanted! Maybe I didn’t even have to wear shoes!

Illicit Ink: Tales from the Script

Listen to Ari’s story ‘Dog Biscuits’, her dark Australian reinterpretation of Hansel and Gretel.

You’re Poor

There was once a palace and in that palace lived people who had no idea they lived there. This is because the Queen’s town criers were always telling them they…