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Society of Authors and PPA Scotland

diyncegwsaajvkkI’ve had a couple of pieces of lovely news recently.

In late September, I returned from a long trip to the US, during which I rode 500 miles through the Rocky Mountains along the Colorado Trail . I’ll post about this at length (including details of kit and route) when I have a moment. But one happy surprise was a letter on the doormat telling me that I’d been given the John Heygate Award for travel writing from the Society of Authors. A real confidence boost. I’d recommend any published authors to a) join the society, which is effectively a union for authors, and provides lots of support and advice when required, and b) enter the awards they administrate, of which there are several.

I have also recently heard that I have been shortlisted for feature writer of the year for the second year running by PPA Scotland. Winners are announced at the prize ceremony on 23 November – I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but either way it’s a pleasure just to be in the running.

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Just a quick note about recent work—I was delighted to hear earlier this month that I’d been shortlisted for feature writer of the year at the Scottish Magazine Awards for my work on the equestrian magazine EQY. It was a wonderful evening, and although in the end the title went to the very deserving Pennie Taylor, a former BBC health correspondent, I was pleased to see my writing on the shortlist.

Elsewhere, I’ve written another dispatch for the Guardian’s Country Diary, this time from the far northeastern corner of the country, at Duncansby Head near John O’Groats, where I was lucky to come across a seal colony during the pupping season and hear their haunting siren song. (Full text can be found on the Guardian website).

I was fortunate enough to be commissioned to do a series of reviews of some of Scotland’s top hotels, in remote and beautiful areas of the country, for the Telegraph. Our stay at Arisaig House was blissful—helped no doubt by an invigorating swim at the silver sands at Camusdarach, in the clear winter sun—while Torridon House offered ultra-luxe accommodation in a most perfect location down by the lochside. Ardanaiseig House, near Oban, was a perfect romantic getaway (in a secluded country house decorated in flamboyant style by a noted antiques dealer), while Natural Retreats in John O’Groats was a bastion of Copenhagen cool in a part of the country that, to put it kindly, is not well known for its style. Continue reading

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