I got up every morning at 6.30am, did a couple of hours reviewing pages and then met folk for breakfast – it worked – it might not be total switch off but it was better than just working. It’s about how places inform writing just as a product of being there – of showing up for a blue dot. It was just me and my orange bug (car) on an adventure on the golden road – yes the road is really called that! Imagine a Doctor Who episode: What do you notice about those sheep? Blue Dot Evenings: Lewis Last month I was working on an oral history project with a school on the Isle of Lewis – you can read about it on the Historic Environment Scotland blog here. Harris is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Or because I don’t look like a person who would make an album but it doesn’t matter because it’s for young kids and they don’t really care what you look like. Something fun for the children to sing and dance to anyway.
I pitched a few ideas and we had some meetings and narrowed it down to one. Normally beaches are beautiful right enough – sand and cliffs and the view of the sea. Unless…you’re on Harris where there are mountains (and more sheep).I start all my events with a bird themed dance track that I commissioned a songwriter, Sam Gallagher to produce.I also use it to teach children real life bird dance moves.We first met at a book festival a year before that in 2015. Alan and Susan at Little Door Books have chosen a wonderful illustrator from Italy for the book – I’m so excited about the first few pictures I’ve been sent. Like a painter decided to mix all the best elements of a landscape together in one painting that’s really quite unrealistic. I got the best gin from the Harris Distillery and got my ipad a new jacket from the Harris Tweed Shop.I’m making the last edits to text over the next few weeks with feedback from Little Door Books and my Agent Lindsey Fraser. I drove back as the sun set and returned to my friend’s after dark.