In this month’s AUTUMN VIEW, various writers say what gifts old age has brought them. For me, one of the greatest gifts has been noticing so much more and really seeing things because I now walk much slower than I used to. This has been reflected in the photographs I take. It’s an upward spiral.
One of the biggest positives has been my grandson’s birth three years ago, which puts things in a fresh perspective and considerably alters the optimism-pessimism graph. Another positive is that one is gaining in experience all the time, and this is put at the disposal of one’s writing. **** Learning to forgive has released huge
n the past I have written as though my opinions were set in concrete, apologetics, arguing for a particular Christian position. The further on I went, the less certainty I had and the more I began to prize uncertainty, without falling into absolute scepticism, which I think is paralysing. We have to hold all our
By Larry Butler The more I talk and write about life and death, the more alive I feel. Do you? Four years ago, I set-up a group called die-a-log ; from this small start of eight people meeting in a friend’s front room in Glasgow, there are now over 10 groups around the UK: http://diealog.co.uk/ Diealog
When I was in my sixties, my children referred to me as a ‘wrinkly.’ Now that I’m in my eighties they call me a ‘crumbly.’ Crumbly Corner is various ramblings and rants vaguely related to Autumn Voices themes. In April of this year I was a cruise lecturer on a Saga cruise to the Canary
In The Autumn View we look at the range of views expressed in response to one of the interview questions. There will be a different question each month, although some questions will be revisited when more interviews have been completed. This month’s question is: What advice would you give to younger writers who hope to
Each month there will be a short extract from one of the Autumn Voices interviews. This month’s extract is taken from my interview with the award-winning poet, Sheila Templeton. Soon after taking early retirement from teaching I joined a Heartfulness meditation course and then started daily meditation. Through meditation I learned to slow down and
The Autumn Voices project officially started in November 2016. Since then I have met and interviewed the following Scottish writers, all of whom are over 70: Larry Butler; Jenni Calder; Anne Clarke; Stewart Conn; David Donnison; Douglas Dunn; Vicki Feaver; Henny Lee Gershuny; Alasdair Gray, Carl MacDougall; Bernard MacLaverty; Sheila Templeton. The oldest of these