Heartsong: latest from my Blog

My Edbookfest events – something for everyone!

I’d love to meet you at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Please come to one of my events and do get in touch, if you like, to say you’ll...

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Hands for Sally

Yesterday, I was at the funeral of a friend. Sally Collins was a successful artist and illustrator who lived in East Lothian, and was one of the tight-knit and supportive...

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All my advice about job-hunting and the world of work for young people

I’ve been blogging for Psychologies about lots of aspects of job-hunting for young people. These posts are for you whether you’re a young job-hunter or still at school...

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Poetry for healthy hearts – perfect for schools

What a stupendously gorgeous idea! The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine is launching the Healthy Heart Poetry Initiative. They are inviting entries from schools – poems and recipes...

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Teenagers and dyslexia

I blogged today for Dyslexia Scotland – see here – on how to help teenagers with dyslexia and what their special stresses might be. I’m a former dyslexia...

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