As if You Lived in the Near Future of an Undecided Nation

In July 2014 I was interviewed by Barbara Melville on behalf of the Scottish Writers’ Centre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the theme of Imagining Future Scotlands. Preparing for the event, I realised that I’d probably written about a greater number of different future Scotlands than almost anyone else. About half my novels and […]

The Future Will Happen Here Too

Miavaig, in Uig, on Lewis, is a scatter of houses—and three churches—across a convergence of hillsides around the place where a short burn connects a loch with a sea-loch. In the culvert where the burn passes under the road lives a black eel, that was a good eighteen inches long when I first saw it. […]


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