Time for an update on various bits and pieces of news. Since finally leaving my voluntary role at The Scottish Writers Centre a month or two back I’ve had time to pursue a range of personal projects. Three of my large canvases (including the one above, entitled “Inheritance”) will be on show and for sale throughout July and August at the excellent Makers Gallery in Alloa (Facebook page here). They do a very good coffee and arty sandwiches too and Alloa even has a train station these days (after a 40 year hiatus courtesy of the Beeching report) and some lovely old buildings, so go check out undiscovered Scotland in your own backyard.
Meanwhile Gesso Cafe in Glasgow have bought all six of my canvases which will thus remain on permanent display there for the foreseeable future.
On the writing front, I’ve been commissioned as one of 26 writers to produce “sestudes” for selected exhibits at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh. My poem will go on display there this winter.
Also, publishers Constable & Robinson have just released on e-book the anthology “Vatican Vaults“, edited by David V Barrett, featuring a short story of mine about a fictitious meeting between the Pope and an alien being in which the absurdity of human behavior becomes humorously apparent. The paperback of the book should be available around late July.
Finally, I created a new website last week for the poetry and prose of my late uncle Alastair R Thompson, a huge lifelong inspiration to me whom I have mentioned previously on this blog here and here. You can now read Alastair’s entire 32-poem pamphlet “Persons and Places” on the new website, and I intend to post other poems from the private archives of Alastair’s work there, over comings weeks and months.