I've been back in Glasgow since February, and am so happy to be here I could almost (almost) thank Trump for making me decide to flee the U.S. My friend Helen Fitzgerald, novelist from Australia and adoptive Glaswegian for decades now, recently remarked that Glasgow is currently so vibrant and exciting that it's comparable culturally/artistically to Vienna in the 1920s, and I think she's right.
I've been living in Kelvingrove since I got back, but just got a place in Maryhill, where I'm from, and where my novel Of Darkness and Light (written in 1988, published by Bloomsbury the following year) is set. (For a wonderful history of the area, and a look at it now, see this post by one of my favourite bloggers.) I'm at work on a sequel to that book, which I never thought I would do, so I'm even happier to be back in Maryhill to wander among the ghosts.
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