Mary Irvine’s Blog: Moira McPartlin, Meet the Author at Fruin Farm

Meeting another author at Fruin Farm

Guest author at Fruin Farm, February, 2019, was the wonderful Moira McPartlin. Moira is much more than a writer, although one of note. In a friendly, relaxed atmosphere she shared her interests of running, hill walking, mountaineering, completion of the Munros, her working life and her family life. For all this and much more access Moira’s website. ( mention one more of her interests – music. Moira had acceded to my request and brought along her ‘penny’ whistle – an added bonus for the group.

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Mustn’t forget the writing! Moira’s first published ‘The Incomers’ novel tells the story of a West African woman’s arrival in a small town in 1960s Scotland. The reading from this novel led to a discussion on several aspects of people’s perceptions at that time. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and was a critical success.

star of hope

Moira’s latest book ‘Star of Hope’ is the third in her ‘Sun Song’ trilogy.  The trilogy is set in a divided world – between the Privileged few and the Native (Celtic) underclass. We were ‘privileged’ to hear the very first public reading from of this book, which completes the trilogy. The first two were ‘Ways of the Doomed’ and ‘Wants of the Silent’.

We certainly ended this particular series of ‘Meet the Author’ on a high. Moira stayed to have lunch with five local authors and agreed to headline the Open Mic on April 1st (and that isn’t a joke). The hallmark of these author meetings is of a very informal gathering of writers rather than a talk followed by a formal Q&A session. All of our authors have joined us freely (may have coerced a few friends to get the event kicked off) and we are very grateful to everyone involved to make it such a success, not least the Fruin Farm who provided us with such a beautiful setting for the events. Looking forward to resuming these events in the Autumn.

Moira McPartline Book Launches

Blackwell’s Bookstore, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS, 5th March, 2019.  6.30pm

Central Library,3 Corn Exchange Rd, Stirling FK8 2HX – 6th March, 2019. 6.30 pm

Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6ST–  13th March, 2019. 6.30pm

Open Mic Balloch House Hotel

First Monday of every month (except Bank holidays) 

Balloch Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8LQ.


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Fruin Farm, Glen Fruin, Helensburgh G84 9EE

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