Speaking to Radio Africana about The Spirit of Malawi

I spent a very pleasant hour this morning recording an interview for Radio Africana with one of their top presenters Allan Mankind Banda for his Saturday show (5pm start). My good friend Yonah Mtemba joined me to talk about my book The Spirit of Malawi, which is available at all good online booksellers, including Amazon. […]

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The Spirit of Malawi

Just as Scotland is much more than bearded men in kilts playing the bagpipes against the backdrop of a Highland loch, so Malawi is far more complex than the stereotypical images beloved of well-meaning charities.

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The power of books here in Malawi

Burton Chirwa leaned forward, eyes ablaze. “You have to read, read a lot, before you can write.” He sat back a little. “I read a lot, and I write. So far, I have written five short stories. So that is my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer. Read a lot.” Burton is […]

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Things I have learned about life

Today’s writing prompt from 642 Things To Write About is: Write an anonymous letter to a stranger detailing the things you’ve learned about life… Things I’ve learned about life…mmm, let me think…in no particular order: Don’t swear as much as I do. People often find it offensive. Money is over-rated, except when you don’t have […]

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How my cat sees the world

I have no idea how Dusty, our cat, sees the world. She was re-homed three years ago, at the age of eight. Which is pretty old for a cat to be plucked from her favourite lap (my husband’s) and plonked down on a stranger’s knee. We thought long and hard before giving her up for […]

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Things to write about

I have always written. I composed my first (and my last) poem when I was six. It was about a stone with a hole. I was very proud of it, but quickly bored of poetry. I then began filling red Silvine notebooks with stories of rabbits, princesses and other fairy tales to amuse my younger […]

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