Here’s a wee midweek treat from Perth man Bill Robertson, who is back on the flash fiction trail with Strictly Business, a glimpse of skulduggery in high places.
Here’s a literary treat from McStorytellers to start the week.
It’s a bitter-sweet comedy about the break-up of a decidedly odd, stage-struck trio. It’s penned by that master of West Coast comedy writing, Barcelona-based Glaswegian John McGroarty. And it’s called The Leaving of George and of James.
Here’s another wee piece of midweek fun, this time from veteran McStoryteller, Saltcoats-born Angus Shoor Caan. When it comes to choosing from the lunchtime menu, it’s a case of High Noon et ri Greasy Spoon. Enjoy!
Now, as well as penning short stories and novels, oor Angus is a dab hand at composing limericks – of the Scots type. In fact, McStorytellers has just published his latest collection of witty, irreverent and sometimes bawdy McLimericks. It’s called Four Hunner an’ Coontin’ and it’s the follow-up to his three earlier collections, Coont Thum, Coont Thum Again and Still Coontin’.
And he’s not stopping there! He’s already working on his fifth set of McLimericks, which includes this topical ditty entitled Referendum Poem:
Rur's rem rit says 'naw'
Rur's some cawin' it a draw
Rur's rem rit says 'AYE'
A 'Free Scotland' battle cry
Ren rur's rem rit says hee-haw.
Here’s a piece of midweek fun, courtesy of Mister McStoryteller, Brendan Gisby. He’s been Summoned to The Tower – and it’s not to see the Queen...
What do a full-blooded Kiowa, a Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force and a reincarnation of Cleopatra have in common? Well, they all feature in today’s double-bill of memoirs from former high flier and veteran McStoryteller, Dalmuir-born Alasdair McPherson.
In Fellow Feeling, he reveals that not only do the Scots have much in common with Native Americans, there are also striking historical similarities between Scotland and the erstwhile Jewel in the Crown.
And in Second Chances, he wonders if it’s only the rich and infamous who are earmarked for reincarnation.
Enjoy the reminiscing!
Brendan Gisby is McStoryteller-in-Residence. He's the author of four novels, three biographies and several short story collections.