Barry Graham the Scrivener

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The Woodside Inn, Glasgow, seen from outside at night

I fired a shotgun twenty years ago. The ricochet hit me today.

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Drawing of old woman in chair knitting

Tam was always afraid of ghosts, but he didn’t want to hide from them.

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Glasgow is buried under snow today. It's exactly four years since I arrived back here, leaving the US after more than 20 years.

Last night, from my 10th-floor window, I watched the snow fall, watched some people build a snowman on the football pitch by my block of flats.

snow falling on night of plague building snowman on housing scheme football pitch

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—Barry Graham

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Glasgow Live reports a new breed of rat, resistant to pest-control, is making its presence known.

This reminds me of the Glasgow bin-men's strike in 1975, when the “super rats” ran wild. I fictionalised it in my novel The Book of Man:

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winter morning — daylight arrives without a story

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My publisher, Dockyard Press, has a blog called The Harbourmaster's Loug, which, since starting in November, has published work by an impressive variety of writers. From me there's an essay about why I left America and returned to Glasgow after 22 years, a short story updating William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder to contemporary Scotland, and a poem.

There's fiction and poetry by Bart Lessard, Tony Black, daishin stephenson, Lisa Mooncat Stormler, Babs Nicgriogair and Tracy Taggart. There's Scottish political commentary by Xeno Albannach... and something that defies category by Johnny Shaw.

The Harbourmaster's Loug usually publishes twice a week, so I recommend subscribing to its RSS feed.

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