End of May 2019

In summer 2019 I spent a wonderful week at Moniack Mhor, the writers' centre near Beauly. Apart from the amazing weather with almost continuous warm sunshine, glorious views towards the mountains and the calls of the cuckoos, I think we all found the few days of our tutored retreat very beneficial whatever our reasons for attending. I was able to sort out how I was going to go about the research for my new book on private waiting rooms and stations, what I should include and what I should not include and how to keep a record of it all. The tutors, Kapka Kassabova and Mallachy Tallack were wonderful and listened patiently to our ideas and without pushing themselves, quietly made suggestions to help us.

1st March 2020

I spent quite a bit of Friday at the Culloden Viaduct filming for a programme on Channel 5 about a railway journey from Inverness to Edinburgh. Pity, it had to be recorded in winter as it was cold and some snow was on the ground. Most of the questions were about my great-granduncle, Murdoch Paterson who as chief engineer to the Highland Railway, designed the viaduct and considered it to be one of his greatest. Watch this space for news of when the programme will be streamed.

Busy researching and writing my new book. More information on this in the coming months.


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