2014 – A Year of Inspiration

As this blog is about my writing ‘journey’, I like to mention the people and places that inspire me along the way. Of course, things as simple as a walk with the dogs can fire the imagination but I also like to feed my creativity with getting out and about to see and do new things.

This year I’ve managed to pack in a fair number of outings and events involving words and pictures which gave me experiences that may or may not inspire my writing one day but definitely made me think and learn more.

Here’s my record of the inspirational stuff I did in 2014.


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The Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world and can be found in Falkirk.              

10 x Events

Glasgow Women’s Heritage Walk at Necropolis, Electric Glen, Kelpies Tour, Falkirk, Tour of Glasgow Central Station, Open Doors Day- Stirling Sherriff Court, Secrets of Old Stirling Tour,Wooer With Words x 2 & For Falkirk’s Sake & Home Game (spoken word events)


9 x Visits to NTS properties

Alloa Tower, House of Binns, Culross Palace, Malleny Gardens, Burns Museum, Weaver’s Cottage, David Livingstone Centre, Battle of Bannockburn Experience, Crarae Gardens

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The stunning work of botanical artist Fiona Strickland

7 x Talks          

John Shankie, Artist, Janice Galloway, Writer, Doug Allan, Wildlife Cameraman, Alex Frost, Artist, Fiona Strickland, Botanical Artist, Shazia Hobbs, Writer, Jackie Kay, Writer

6 x Holiday/Trips      

Millport, Campbeltown, Zermatt & Geneva, Oslo, York

6 x Days Out  

Tower of London, The Shard, Gilmerton Cove, Jupiter Artland, Barony A Frame

Wendy Hoose James Young Amy Conachan

The Wendy Hoose was an outstanding piece of Scottish theatre.

4 x Theatre Shows  

This Wide Night, The Wendy Hoose, Three Sisters, Slava’s Snow Show

4 x Literary Festivals    

Boswell, Edinburgh, Dundee, Linlithgow

3 x Book Launches

The Last Pair of Ears by Mary McDonough Clark, The Busker by Liam Murray Bell,               21 Revolutions by Glasgow Women’s Library


Cowcaddens Streetscape in the Fifties by Alasdair Gray

2 x Exhibitions

Jack Vettriano, Alasdair Gray

2 x Research Trips

Chapelside Community Centre, Interview with Violet McGuire

1 x Workshop

Performance and Presentation with Alex Gillon

With only a couple of exceptions, these were almost all really positive experiences and I know that I’m VERY lucky to have the time and the money to do these things. I hope I stay lucky and next year I keep adding to this list and keep learning.

Have you been to see or do any of the stuff on my list? What did you make of the experience? Please ask if you’d like more info on anything I’ve featured, in the meantime, all the very best to you and yours for 2015!