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Sundays at 2 (tomorrow): Author in the Galleries

Many thanks to the folks at the Greenville County Museum of Art for inviting me to read. The event will take place in the gallery that in which photographer Owen Riley’s work is currently exhibited. I’ll be making connections between  text and image, people and place. Details below.
Mar 22, 2015

Sundays at 2: Author in the Galleries

2 pm – 3 pm

Join local author Heather Marshall as she reads excerpts from her most recent book, The Thorn Tree, along with short selections from other Celtic writers. Listeners will be invited to make connections between the words and visual images in the gallery.

All Sundays at 2 programs are free and are presented by Duke Energy.

420 College Street, Greenville SC 29601

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March, 2015: Reading, Writing and Piping

Last month brought play time in the snow, lots of opportunities for sitting by the fire, extra writing time and the joy of meeting with loads of teenaged writers who hope to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. The first weeks of my Four Weeks of Fiction class also took place. We’ll finish up the class on these first two Tuesdays of March. (More posts on that to follow over the next couple of weeks.)

In addition to the usual teaching and writing work, I’ll be out and about reading, writing and piping this month.

Sunday, March 8: in the morning, I’ll be speaking with a book club about The Thorn Tree.

http://www.amazon.com/Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/dp/1849823073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425302988&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thorn+tree

In the afternoon, I’ll be piping with the City of Greenville Pipes and Drums at Return to the Green, the family festival that precedes St. Patrick’s Day. It’s held at Fluor Field. Good times! https://rtg2returntothegreen.wordpress.com  https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Greenville-Pipes-and-Drums/95982159070

Saturday, March 22: a mindful flow writing workshop at Greenville Yoga–Write to the Heart. Get to the heart of what drives your life. http://greenvilleyoga.com/workshops/

Sunday, March 23: reading at Greenville County Museum of Art. I’m reading from my own novel, The Thorn Tree,  and from the works of other Celtic Writers (just trying to extend the St. Paddy’s Day good-time vibe a little). There will also be connections to Owen Riley’s photography exhibit. http://www.gcma.org/pages/calendar/detail/event/c8/e186&DateOfEvent=03/22/2015

 

Happy 2015

bird in snow

Happy New Year. I hope your 2015 is off to a fabulous start, and, like this little bird, you are managing to thrive in whatever the elements toss out to you.

As is typical for this time of year, I’m seeing lots of new faces in my yoga classes, as well as those of my regular students, some of whom are back after not being able to find the time for yoga over the holiday season. It’s a lovely feeling, having all that positive energy in the room, from people either re-invigorating their practice or coming to it freshly.

I’m doing the same thing with my writing and workshops, and with the blog–reinvigorating after struggling to take the time. The work-in-progress, a novel, is well underway; I’m looking forward to readings and workshops, starting this coming week; and I’ll be connecting the blog to a series of workshops that will be starting in the spring.

Here’s what’s already on the schedule:

January 21st: I’ll be reading from The Thorn Tree at a Daughters of the British Empire meeting in Greenville, SC. Please message me here if you’re interested in having me read at your book club or any other group you think might be interested.

Starting on February 3rd, I’ll be teaching a four-week fiction workshop. All levels of writers are welcome. Details here, with link to register below:

Fiction: Heather Marshall

Heather MarshallWhether you are working on short story, flash fiction, or novel, this four-week workshop will offer tools and feedback for improving your writing. Each week, we’ll focus on a craft element, write to a prompt based on that element and offer each other feedback. Participants can bring an existing story or chapter to work on or come with blank pages to fill. All levels are welcome.

Class dates: Tuesdays, February 3rd, 10th, 24th and March 3rd from 7 to 9 PM. Coldwell Banker Caine, 111 Williams Street, Greenville.

http://www.emrys.org/blog/writing-room-2015/

March 21st: Spring Equinox. The perfect afternoon for a writing workshop that helps participants get to the heart of what inspires them and how to use that to further their goals and realize their dreams. Writing to the Heart will take place at Greenville Yoga. Details and link to sign up in a future post.

April: a lunch and learn, a writing workshop for English as a Second Language Teachers, the beginning of the Mindful Flow Writing monthly workshops. More details on all of those in future posts.

A look at settings from The Thorn Tree

I’m just back from Great Britain. I began with the Scottish launch of The Thorn Tree, in the Isle of Skye, travelled south to Glasgow and west to Arran — all settings in the novel. The Thorn Tree got a wonderful reception at the Skeabost Hotel near Portree, and I enjoyed wandering over hills that would have been dear to Agatha. Here are a couple of photos. (And if you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet and would to, links are below the photos.

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Agatha may have tread this ground on the southwest of the Isle of Skye. Her beloved Cuillins are in the background.

Arran's peaks loom in the distance -- the view Hope might have had if she'd only opened her eyes in the car on the way to Agatha's

Arran’s peaks loom in the distance — the view Hope might have had if she’d only opened her eyes in the car on the way to Agatha’s

http://www.amazon.com/The-Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/dp/1849823073

http://www.powells.com/biblio/9781849823074

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/dp/1849823073

http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/9781849823074

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/the-thorn-tree/45229070/

Interview on NovelRocket.com

Last Saturday, I had the delight of teaching a workshop on setting as character to a writing group in Greenville, SC. Everyone was warm and engaging. Each of them was working on at least on  compelling writing project. They took me to lunch after. And one of them – Edie Melson – asked if I’d be willing to be interviewed for her blog. Of course! Here’s the interview (thanks Edie):

http://www.novelrocket.com/2014/06/the-journey-of-two-continent-writer.html

The Thorn Tree: audio excerpt of Chapter 3

Please click the link below to go to the third audio excerpt of The Thorn Tree. This is a section in the middle of Chapter 3, during Margaret’s first morning alone, after Hope has left for Scotland.  You can find the first two audio excerpts under The Thorn Tree tab. Thanks for listening.
Please click a link below if you’d like to buy the book.

The Thorn Tree: audio excerpt of Chapter 2

Please click the link below to go to the second audio excerpt of The Thorn Tree. This is the beginning of Chapter 2, in which Hope arrives in Scotland.  You can find the first audio excerpt under The Thorn Tree tab. Thanks for listening.

 http://youtu.be/j5lmvm4REAo

Please click a link below if you’d like to buy the book.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/dp/1849823073

http://www.powells.com/biblio/9781849823074

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/dp/1849823073

http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Thorn-Tree-Heather-Marshall/9781849823074

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/the-thorn-tree/45229070/

Thanks for reading.