Sunday 31 May 2020

Where am I now?

Blazin fiddles at Celtic Connections

Blue Rose Code at his 2 sold out evenings Milngavie folk club 2018

I continue to explore the poets Bob Dylan and Robert Burns (the latter inspired the former) – Dylan named Burn’s love poem ‘Red Red Rose’ as his major influence.
I’ve been reading MoJo: The Collectors Series: Bob Dylan, which includes some of their best article and images.

I so enjoy the live performances by Dylan on YouTube. Both poets collected and explored other writers and artists. In fact its not widely recognised, but Burns was greatly inspired by English poets – such as Alexander Pope. 


I have met so many famous people at Edinburgh book festival and at Celtic Connections. Its a very strange experience to meet a well kent face. 
Ian Bell

Seamus Heaney

Edna O'Brien

Liz Lochhead

The Edinburgh Book festival hosts a wide range of writers, artists and scientists, politicians, musicians, athletes, novelists, poets, explorers, broadcasters, journalists, children’s authors, illustrators, historians. I’ve met – Nile Rogers, Alex Salmond, Seamus Heaney, Tom Devine, Fintan O’Toole, Dougie MacLean, Dick Gaughan, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, Rab Noakes, George RR Martin, Joyce Carole Oates, Edna O’Brien, ... many more! 

I need to find time for my other projects. The journey of being an artist or writer is on going, there is always so much to discover and challenge. 

Its inspirational also to meet famous people we admire.