Here’s a little personal news some of you have asked for. I’m thinking about making this a regular feature under the title Stormtrooper. What do you think?
First, I’m booked for a series of public meetings which I’ll tell you about as they approach – don’t move your holidays to be there but come along if you can. On Sunday afternoon at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow between three and four for the Scottish Pen event as part of Aye Write with an international panel discussing censorship and constitutions. Don’t worry, there will be real experts there too from South Africa, Norway and Ireland.
I’ve been asked where I’m going for my Easter break, you know, the way Andrew Marr is asked what he will reading on a Greek Island or Kirsty Wark tells us about her Arran hideaway. This is me stepping into celeb culture here because I’m aware it could start a trend, like the way people started waving saltires at Yes rallies after I did it once. That was me that started it, wasn’t it? One of my favourite places is Ardnamurchan because it is far enough away to feel remote – when will that wee Corran Ferry be free? – and yet close enough to make a comfortable journey. I stay at Garmoran Square http://www.garmoransquare.com which is contemporary mixed with solid quality, a bit like myself. My favourite bit is sitting behind the ceiling to floor windows with the fire on watching the squalls sweep over the moor from Ben Resipol…with a bottle of Burgundy. I’ll let you know how I get on…