Morag’s House

For the whole of this month, we’ve been touring Scotland in our small camper van. Our favourite place of all are the islands of Lewis and Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Here’s an exclusive preview of one of the poems you’ll find in the first volume of Postcards from the Van, which will be released by Wild Pressed Books in November. The house in question is one Phil and I both fell in love with, and discovered we’d been there before when we parked next to it in our old van and stopped to have a cup of tea, in 2014.

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Morag’s House. Photo (c) Tracey Scott-Townsend

Morag’s House

Empty house at the end of the land, where Morag lived for many years.
They tell us she loved her sheep, kept them with her in the house
Had a parrot cage, especially for the lambs.
She loved her sheep; a few of them still hang around.
We first saw Morag’s house four years ago, she would’ve been in it then.
The post van called while we were there but I don’t think we saw Morag
I wish we had because we’ve heard so much about her since:
Morag was a lovely woman,
Didn’t get on with her cousins,
Never needed a man to fix her roof.
From Morag’s house you can watch sea otters
Rolling, splashing and dipping in
The ever-changing colours of the water
At the foot of her garden –
I wonder if they know that Morag’s gone.

© Tracey Scott-Townsend 2018. All rights reserved.

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The sea in front of Morag’s house. Photo (c) Tracey Scott-Townsend

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#BookReview VOX by Christina (@CVDalcher) #100Words #VOX @HQstories

A great review from Kelly Lacey of a book on a theme that should make us all sit up and take notice in the times in which we live.

Love Books Group

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  • Dystopian
  • Comtemporary
  • Fiction
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (21 Aug. 2018)

|Synopsis|

In a world where women are silenced, would you speak up?

Greetings, to all Pure Women.

You should all be fitted with your new wrist counters. A symbol of your purity and devotion to your family. Life is simpler now. Just 100 words a day.

Your role is in the house. Your husband takes care of everything else.

You’re free.

Instead, you should focus on values of modesty, submission, humility and purity. Love, honour and most importantly, obey. You know the rules. Just one word over 100 and your wrist counter will send 1,000 volts through your body. Choose your words carefully.

You have the right to remain silent.

| Review|

Thoughts on the…..cover

I was instantly drawn to the cover and the synopsis of the book. The bold red letters against the black is so stunning…

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Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

I love this poem about being a father, by Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley. Reblogged from http://www.celebratingchange.blog

Celebrating Change

Guest editor Degna Stone was attracted to this poem because it shows “the ever changing relationship between a parent and child. The challenge of responding to someone who is constantly evolving to find their place within the world.”

I knew she was a girl before she arrived.

Didn’t have to tell me.

A father knows these things.

Don’t let nobody tell you different.

I think the first word she said was ‘Why?’

Not ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’ or ‘Love’

But ‘Why?’

I take her abroad.

She sits,

Amongst the sand dunes

Treads on castles

Watches,

Takes in every moment, every movement

Refuses to rhumba.

Not interested in the festivities,

Celebrating

with the B-team performers

Jovial about nothing more than

we’re on holiday

And they’re getting paid

She looks with side eye

Or over the rim of her glasses

saying the same thing every day

Are you up for the challenge…

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Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Delighted to receive this wonderful review of Another Rebecca (release date 13th September) from Tracey Ford. Thank you!

The Reading Shed

This is the first book I have read by @authortrace, It’s not my usual genre, but Tracey is a local lady from my hometown and to be honest, the storyline sounded very intriguing.

I was a little confused in parts but it soon came together. This was a very sensitive, emotional, gritty, mysterious and infact amazing book, I started reading and couldn’t wait to find out what was on the next page.

Tracey really is a wonderful writer, she somehow gets under your skin and draws you in, she most certainly drew me in. I really enjoyed this book.

Never stick to your normal genre, get out there, try something different. You might just fall upon a gem like I have in ANOTHER REBECCA.

I give this book 5*

A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex…

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Books for Free?

The writer’s dilemma – from Kathy Sharp

Kathy Sharp

I’ve just read a cri de coeur on social media from yet another writer ready to throw in the towel. Not that she intends to give up writing, you understand – what she is giving up is the unequal struggle to make even a very modest living from it.

When I began writing novels I certainly never expected to earn a living from it – but even I was taken aback by the amount of effort (writing itself, promotion) that I needed to put in to receive even a tiny return. The increasing expectation for the written word to be provided for free, at least over the internet, certainly doesn’t help.

I have long since thrown in the towel myself. The struggle to sell reading material, even at a very low price, became more trouble than it was worth when it began to affect my health. I still have books…

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So Fast by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Linda's Book Bag

So Fast

I first met Tracey Scott-Townsend when I went to Oceans of Words, at which Tracey was speaking and you can see my write up here. I’ll be welcoming Tracey to Linda’s Book Bag on 6th October to stay in with me and tell me about one of her books, but today I’m delighted to share my review of So Fast, Tracey’s collection of poetry and I would like to thank her so much for sending me a copy in return for an honest review.

Published by Wild Pressed Books So Fast is available from Amazon, but Tracey will always send a signed copy if you contact her through her website.

So Fast

So Fast

Motherhood, family, sense of place and reflections on the human condition are at the heart of this collection of poems, mainly written in 2017.

My Review of So Fast

A collection of intimate…

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