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On Nodding Terms

Posted on February 4, 2018

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Guess what?!


My podcast, Auspicious Plastic, has been selected as a finalist in the Frankie “Good Stuff” Awards!


I submitted an excerpt from “Episode 10“, featuring a conversation with dedicated diarist and digital publisher, Carrie King. Now it’s in the running for the ‘Writing + Podcast’ category.


And – The People’s Choice Award!



Hence an invitation: if you like what you hear, and you feel like supporting my wee podcast – and recognising the folk who’ve kindly shared their lovely stories with me over the past year – please click on this link to cast your vote for Auspicious Plastic.



Bobbing around out there on that roiling sea of podcasts, sometimes it can feel as if you’re in the boat alone, rendered invisible by thick fog and heavy swells. So it’s very nice to receive some acknowledgement. And an oar back to shore…


I’m really chuffed (and genuinely surprised!) to be selected as one of six finalists in the category.


And very grateful to everyone I’ve interviewed for the series so far, Cooperblack for the theme music and Studio Ink for the lovely logo design. And to my late Mum Margaret who inspired it all.


And of course, to everyone and anyone who’s listened to the series, and been touched it.


Congratulations and good luck to all the other finalists : )

POST UPDATED: Thank you to everyone who listened to – and voted for – Auspicious Plastic in the “People’s Choice” category, in the Frankie “Good Stuff” Awards! Voting closed on Feb 15 and the winners will be announced on April 5. Auspicious Plastic is one of six finalists in the ‘Writing + Podcasts’ category. Read more about the podcast (and the awards) on the Frankie website.

Musca Volitans

Posted on June 8, 2017

Grief makes you sick Grief makes you sad Grief makes you so filled with sorrow that there’s no room to breathe.   Grief makes you yearn Grief makes you bewildered Grief makes you different –   Grief makes you difficult to be around.   Grief makes you kinder Grief makes you forgiving Grief makes you understand that there is life and Nothing but.   Grief makes you listen Grief makes you see Grief makes you feel Everything, all at once, all the time.   Grief makes you laugh Grief makes you cry Grief makes you cry     Grief makes you cry     Cry     Grief makes you cry like there’s no tomorrow.     Grief makes you wiser Grief makes you…