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Interview in The Edinburgh Evening News

I was recently interviewed by Gemma Fraser for the Edinburgh Evening News, where I talked about Kurt Cobain, feeling old and my obsession with obituaries, all of which led to… 12 more words

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The First Review of The Dead Beat

Three weeks until publication and we have the first review of The Dead Beat, by Bethany Anderson over at Subtle Melodrama. And it’s a cracker, Ms Anderson describing it as ‘funny, moving, exciting and, as always, Johnstone really brings the city of Edinburgh alive’. 14 more words

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I spent four years immersing myself in every word Ted Hughes published – more than 100 books – and in the books in his library, the memoirs of his friends, the work of the younger poets he supported, and above all the archives… I was on the brink of sending  about half the typescript in draft form when they received a letter saying that the estate of Ted Hughes was withdrawing its co-operation from my book.

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Ahead of tomorrow and the beginning of The Cruellest Month, March has been all yes yes and oh boy by gum.  After a long winter of rewriting, good news arrived like buses.   349 more words


Starting My Novel In A Week

Last week, I found myself busy as a Queen Bee. I’ve been doing a course at the Faber & Faber academy, taught by Louise Doughty, with whom I’m posing with above. 140 more words

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THE DEAD BEAT launch party

Do please join me to launch my new novel, THE DEAD BEAT, at LOOKING GLASS BOOKS, Quartermile, Edinburgh, Thursday 1st May, 6.30pm.

I’ll be in conversation with Allan Guthrie blethering about the book, reading briefly, answering questions, signing books and playing a couple of grunge covers, for reasons that will become apparent if you come along. 78 more words

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