Kilbirnie Scotland: A Visit To The Walker Hall

This week I published a story about the love between two women in 1960s Scotland – a time when loving another woman was not accepted – and one of a different religion was even worse. The story is set in the small Ayrshire town of Kilbirnie, the home of The Walker Hall. The hall was the second most important music venue in the 1960s in Scotland and big-name groups from all over the world came to play. I grew up hearing that Gerry and the Pacemakers, Bill Haley and the Comets and Kathy Kirby all came to town. But the one that grabbed my attention was Dusty Springfield. It intrigued me so much that I felt compelled to write a story about ‘The Night Dusty Played’.

On a visit to The Walker Hall I found out that it was built in 1915 with money donated by the son of Dr Walker, a well-loved and revered physician from the town, in memory of his father.

It has been used as a Town Council building, a community space and a dance hall over the years since. In its heyday of the 1950s and 60s it was a concert venue. In the photograph gallery below we can see the stage Dusty played on, the hall where my characters Patty and Frankie met, and the backstage area where Dusty and her band would have waited for the curtains to open. The hall is a part of music history and still receives visitors to this day, keen to hear stories of the famous singers who came to the town.

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The Women And The Storm’ is out now!

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My new book ‘The Women And The Storm’ was released on 18 June 2020.

If you’ve read my short story ‘The Woman By The River’, you will have already met Gillian and Diane. I hope you will enjoy this new story.

Being the only witch in a small Scottish town is not easy. Especially when the love of your life is totally unaware of the fact. Gillian has been in love with her best friend, Diane, for over ten years, but has yet to pluck up the courage to tell her.

How will Diane react to Gillian’s professions of love? And more importantly, will she run for the hills when she finds out she’s a witch?

If that was not enough, strange happenings in their little town convince Gillian that there may be more to them than freak weather or coincidence. As the town fights for its survival against the onslaught of all-too-frequent storms, the women face personal battles of their own. Can their relationship survive the turmoil? Or will long-hidden secrets pull them apart?

You can buy a copy here:

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My New Book Is Out Now! ‘The Women And The Storm’

I am delighted to announce that my new book ‘The Women And The Storm – The Tarbet Witches Series’ is out today.

Being the only witch in a small Scottish town is not easy. Especially when the love of your life is totally unaware of the fact. Gillian has been in love with her best friend, Diane, for over ten years, but has yet to pluck up the courage to tell her.

How will Diane react to Gillian’s professions of love? And more importantly, will she run for the hills when she finds out she’s a witch?

If that was not enough, strange happenings in their little town convince Gillian that there may be more to them than freak weather or coincidence. As the town fights for its survival against the onslaught of all-too-frequent storms, the women face personal battles of their own. Can their relationship survive the turmoil? Or will long-hidden secrets pull them apart?

Last year I published a short story ‘The Woman By The River’ and soon discovered that I did not want to let Gillian and Diane go just yet. Readers and reviewers asked if I was going to tell more of their story, and I found myself imagining how their relationship would develop. The short story is free on Amazon if you want to read how it all started, but you don’t have to have read it to enjoy this one.

I hope you enjoy the book. Click on the links below to take you to the Amazon pages.

A Visit to Shibden Hall – Home of Gentleman Jack

On a beautiful sunny day in October I visited Shibden Hall, Halifax, the home of Anne Lister. Walking in the footsteps of Anne Lister was a dream come true. The house is fascinating and the historical detail wonderfully preserved.

The drive to Halifax, through stunning countryside and along windy roads was well worth it. The grounds of Shibden Hall are vast and give visitors the opportunity to wander and take in the unspoilt beauty of the area. I could just imagine Anne walking from there to Ann Walker’s home and into town.

In Anne Lister’s bedroom
I couldn’t resist a visit to the gift shop on the way out!

I can’t wait to get started reading the three books I bought. And converting a few more people to Anne Lister as I walk around town with my bag!

Release day for Lesfic Eclectic!

Click on the link below to get your FREE copy of this fantastic ebook from Lesfic authors from all over the world.

My story ‘Bristol Blues’ is part of the collection and I really hope you enjoy reading it. My inspiration was the Ellcon conference held in Bristol last year.

Many of your favourite authors have stories in the anthology, including Brey Willows, Robyn Nyx, Jeannie Levig, Jen Silver, Jenn Matthews, Gill McKnight, Lise Gold and Emma Nichols. You will be introduced to some new writers too. Amongst them are Lee Haven, Rachael Byrne, AJ Mason, Clara David, EV Bancroft and Valden Bush.

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New Lesfic Anthology – Lesfic Eclectic – edited by Robyn Nyx

I am delighted to announce that my story ‘Bristol Blues‘ is part of this wonderful anthology, edited by Robyn Nyx. Due out soon and absolutely FREE.

I hope that you will grab a copy of this wonderful ebook as it has stories from established and new authors, including Brey Willows, Robyn Nyx, Jen Silver, Jenn Matthews, Valden Bush, Lise Gold, Emma Nichols, Jeannie Levig, Michelle Arnold, Lee Haven, Gill McKnight, E.V. Bancroft, A.J. Mason and Clara David.

My new book is out now! ‘Kilbirnie Scotland:The Night Dusty Played’

I am delighted to announce the release of my latest book ‘Kilbirnie Scotland: The Night Dusty Played’ – the latest in the Loving Blue in Red States series. As many of you will know Anne Hagan started this series in 2017 with ‘Sweetwater Texas’ and has continued with another six books. When she asked if I would like to write a story as part of this series, I jumped at the chance. It was an amazing opportunity to work with one of my favourite authors – and a great friend too.

I have written a story set in Scotland in 1964, where women loving other women was more definitely frowned upon.

It’s 1964 and Patty’s life revolves around Saturday nights and the big-name acts that come to play in her small Scottish town. Anything to keep her mind off her day job working in the local mill making fishing nets. She’s yet to find love, however hard she tries to find the local fellas attractive. Meeting a woman at one of the concerts makes her realise she’s been looking in all the wrong places.

Frankie’s a bit of a tomboy and works hard by day and follows her local football team at the weekends. Sometimes she finds time for the gigs in nearby Kilbirnie, especially when the chart-topping bands are due to play. Her mother assures her she’ll find ‘the one’ and settle down – but Frankie knows that won’t happen – and why. Until one night she meets a woman who takes her breath away.

Will they be able to be together in a society where the rules are supposed to be obeyed – and loving a woman – a Protestant one at that – means breaking them all?

I hope you will enjoy reading about Patty and Frankie and the trip back in time.

Available to buy now on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WMVN6TR/

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