Dawn is a writer, journalist and award winning author from Scotland. She lives near Loch Lomond with her kids and numerous pets and is currently working on a couple of new book series.
The Paisley Witch Trials
Next year marks the 325th anniversary of a chain of events that ended in the deaths of seven innocent people in the Scottish town of Paisley.
Two Minutes to Midnight
They were gathered in her living room eyes glued to the television waiting for the countdown that would launch them into the new year. Some sat squashed on the sofas, others perched on chair arms, a few stood, but all were looking at the gogglebox in the corner. They had come in their best party gear. Masked in make-up and hair spray, the women wore sparkling, crackling cocktail dresses and heels high enough to break an ankle. The men, novelty ties aside, had on a simple uniform of pressed suit trousers and shirts. In each of their right hands resided a glass of bubbly, held carefully, untouched, so that when the time came they would be ready. The room was heady with anticipation. Then murmurs began. How long until the Bells now? Three minutes? Is that all? Why isn’t the host saying something? Ah cannae go that accordion music. Jesus, Jackie Bird looks like she needs a good feed. No-one noticed as she slipped into the room and stood smiling at the back. The living room was still festooned with festive delights. The bauble laden Christmas tree slumped exhausted in one corner, twinkly lights were strung across the windows and a cacophony of cards took up most of the sideboard. Their brightly coloured faces wishing good cheer to all those who happened to glance their way. It was perfect, just perfect.
The Unsinkable Mary Patten
One hundred and seventy-five years ago a pregnant teenager took command of her husband’s ship and made history. Nineteen-year-old Mary Patten did it all for 56 days whilst fighting off a mutiny, nursing her seriously ill husband and battling stormy seas.
What Are We Having for Dinner?
Nick stared at the screen and willed the words to write themselves. It had been an hour now, sixty long dreary minutes of stupefied staring at a screen where no text would appear. He had tried just typing, anything to get started, but the story was firmly stuck – no, hiding – somewhere in that weary brain of his and was vehemently refusing to come out. He sighed. Shit. He had a deadline to meet and it was looming big and monstrously over the horizon. He chewed a pen. Write what you know. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? But what did he know about the Old West? He lived in a three bedroomed house in the suburbs of Glasgow. Okay, so his last three books (also about the Old West) had been written after meticulous research and had been successes, so there was no reason why he shouldn’t, couldn’t write another. In fact, this one should be just flowing from his fingertips.
Esther Abercrombie and the Legend of Loch Ness
Glasgow's Central Station was busy. Humans and creatures hurried from train to platform to exit in a constant flow of bodies. The place was awash with the hissing and chugging of the green liveried steam engines as they entered and departed Glasgow’s finest departure point. There was a heavy stench of burning coal mixed with the sweet scent of water vapour and the air was alive with the sounds of city life: footsteps too numerous to count, whistles being blown, guards shouting, people chatting and the colourful stall holders yelling their wares. As a country girl, I revelled in this new found excitement and couldn’t help but stare at the office girls as they walked by in their pretty patterned dresses and beautifully decorated straw hats.
Why Do Married Men Visit Prostitutes?
Why do married men visit prostitutes? It’s a question that has perplexed women for centuries. Why would any man go to a prostitute and not only cheat on his wife, but risk disease for himself and her? It’s an unforgivable sin in many people’s eyes.
Why New is Not Always Best
Worried about decking the kids out in their winter clothes because you don’t have the money? Need new things for the house but don't know how you'll afford it? Don’t buy new, buy second-hand.
How to Have a Debt Free Christmas
Christmas is supposed to be the time of year when we all get together as a family, exchange gifts, eat too much and generally have a jolly old time.