“Every word I think of does not seem enough”

I am not religious but in coming across this gravestone by chance on Tuesday, I found myself tearful. The grave is in Clunyhill Cemetery, Forres, and the words are by … Continue reading “Every word I think of does not seem enough”

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sixty years since they were buried in the graveyard sixty years since they were loved.

a new canto

This film is for my daughter Rachel. June 2019: We were based at Dryburgh – the home of the Earl of Buchan and the resting place of Walter Scott. Music … Continue reading a new canto

on the day of his death

From the bank of the river Tweed looking towards Abbotsford I wrote a poem.  A poem to my faither. A branch of an old tree was my seat.

Reappearing on the horizon of a new canto

Yesterday we returned from a short break in the Scottish Borders. We were staying at Dryburgh once the home of the 11th Earl of Buchan – a wonderful eccentric who … Continue reading Reappearing on the horizon of a new canto

Keepsake

Alexander McCall Smith introducing me to Richard, Duke of Buccleuch at the Borders Book Festival on Saturday 15th June 2019: Alexander McCall Smith had invited me to film the rehearsals … Continue reading Keepsake

wallpaper

I have been part of several generations to consider our latest wallpaper as the “height of fashion”. I have also lived long enough to find later generations to consider ‘our’ … Continue reading wallpaper

the fairm-toun sang

A special person has given me the opportunity to hear a Borders fairm-toun sing. I am going to take my mum with me as the singing begins on the day … Continue reading the fairm-toun sang

Bloody Scotland

Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival will take place in Stirling between the 20th and 22nd September 2019. Alexander McCall Smith is attending and will be interviewed by Alex Gray:

In search of lost time

A film about Robert Scott, Robert Scott Moncrieff, Walter Scott, Henry Raeburn, Marcel Proust and a left-behind gateway that brings them all to auld Fossoway. This film is for my … Continue reading In search of lost time