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Being a writer-publisher can get you into some amazing situations – far from the laptop and library!

The most recent was Belladrum Tartan Heart

Jenny Brown and myself in The Verb Garden

Jenny Brown and myself in The Verb Garden

Music Festival in the Highlands of Scotland (@BelladrumFest), where I took part in a panel on Writing and Publishing a Bestseller. Along with top Scottish literary agent, Jenny Brown (@agentjenny), and founder of Canongate Books, Stephanie Wolfe Murray, we spoke to an audience in the ‘Verb Garden’ – a large tent with comfy sofas – and were introduced by veteran journalist, Maxwell MacLeod.


While the Verb Garden hosted a range of interesting events – from political debates to a talk by Rupert Wolfe Murray about living in Tibet (@wolfemurray) – there was a whole host of fun and musical events going on all around.

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Danny MacAskill from Dunvegan, Skye

Marauding Vikings, death-defying cycle stunts from Skye-born Danny MacAskill (@danny_macaskill), ceilidh dancing Bananas, The Kaiser Chiefs, Motown legend Martha Reeves, fire-breathing dragons, bagpipes, DJs, Dangleberries, Idlewild, Eddi Reader, Manic Street Preachers, The Proclaimers, marriage ceremonies and a host of people dressed up as Batman, Spiderman, Braveheart, The Hulk (the theme for the festival was Super Heroes) and – er – those Bananas again …!

Bananas take a break from dancing for a cream tea!

Bananas take a break from dancing for a cream tea!


All set in the beautiful surroundings of the Belladrum Estate near Beauly. Highly recommended for all ages! Tartan Heart Festival.



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