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Tiger prints in the Siberian snow…

The tracks, body imprints and grisly kills of wild Siberian tigers surrounded me. Every morning in Durminskoye Reserve in the Far East new tracks criss-crossed the perfect snow. The tracks were so fresh it was clear that tigers had patrolled their territories through the night within a couple of kilometres of where I slept. Deeper…

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Creative Scotland funding award for TIGER

I’m thrilled to announce that Creative Scotland have generously awarded funds towards my epic tiger tracking expedition taking place this winter. This trip is research for my second novel TIGER. Not a natural traveller, I am getting both apprehensive and excited as the moment approaches to don my super insulated costume and head for Siberia.…

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BBC2 WH Auden film featuring Larchfield

STOP ALL THE CLOCKS: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety, a new film by Adam Low. The film features the following writers and poets: Alan Bennett, Polly Clark (that’s me! Among icons!), Richard Curtis, James Fenton, Alexander McCall Smith and Paul Muldoon sharing our passion for Auden’s work and his enduring appeal. I posted HERE…

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Edinburgh Book Festival: Maps for Lost Lovers

Tuesday August 15th, 10.15am in the Speigeltent with Annalena McAfee, author of HAME…. So excited to be appearing here! Two novels, set on the west coast of Scotland, explore how the imagination connects writers of different generations. In Hame, Annalena McAfee’s heroine Mhairi McPhail moves to the remote Scottish island of Fascaray to write a…

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Larchfield Paperback Cover

Even though the paperback is not published until March next year, I can’t contain my excitement about the cover! Publishing my debut novel has demonstrated many times over how much top flight creative talent goes into making a book what it is (not my talent, I hasten to add: another key realisation is that my…

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BBC2 Documentary about W.H. Auden

The writing of Larchfield has led so many wonderful experiences. First among them  is the discovery of Auden’s life in Helensburgh, which is at the heart of the book. It gave me such joy and creative satisfaction to discover Auden (whose work I did not know well), and to imagine him so completely as the…

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