Friday, 27 April 2012

As promised, this is a nanoBOOK™

Here we are, a nanoBOOK™ we made earlier.  Credit to my younger son for idea and artwork.  To join the Science Fiction in a Flash workshop for children aged from about 9 years upwards (but younger if they are keen writers), book places on 07504 649 150. 
Science Fiction in a Flash, where you get to make your own nanoBOOK™, is part of Wild Science Family Mayhem! Day at the Rutherford McCowan Building, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.  The workshop is from 10.30-12 noon.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Writer in Residence at Wild Science Family Mayhem Day

This is going to be terrific fun!  I'm making trial nanoBOOKS, experimenting with copper wire.  More photos shortly.  Wild Science Family Mayhem! Day, held in the Rutherford McCowan Building, Crichton Campus, Bankend Road, Dumfries, is part of Dumfries & Galloway Science Festival 1st to 6th May 2012.  All young writers welcomed.  And everything is free.

Winning Poems

While waiting for my tickets for StAnza I was beguiled (easily) into entering a poetry competition c/o University of St Andrews  in partnership with the StAnza Festival.
And I'm so pleased to report my poem was one of the winners!  There are some wonderful poems by the other winners Pippa Little, Janette Ayachi, Chris Lawrence and Ruth Aylett, which you can see here.
The brief was to write a short poem for display alongside certain artefacts.  Here's the cast of the skull of Bishop James Kennedy, and here's my poem.

He has become his own reliquary,
a mirror image of a prayer.
Put your ear to his shell,
hear it fill with his breath.

It's displayed on a card in the glass case in MUSA, the Museum of the University of St Andrews: