February 25, 2018
Apologies for the lack of updates in recent months, I've been too lazy to log on and mess about with the website. That's not to say nothing has been happening in the world of Moristoun as it's been a busy few months.
Next week I'll be heading off to Worthing for the UK Southern Book Show, which promises to be an exciting event. I'll be doing a slimmed-down, 15-minute version of my library talk about suicide in literature, which is surely worth a wee trip down to Worthing. The show takes place on Sunday March 4 and you can also get a signed copy of Moristoun at a discount price. I might even thrown in a free Tunnocks Tea Cake, if they survive our EasyJet flight.
That journey will be a piece of cake after two long-haul flights in the past month for a long-overdue family holiday in Thailand. Two book clubs in Bangkok (Timeless Classics and the Bangkok International Book Club) were kind enough to take a look at Moristoun and agreed to meet me to give their thoughts on the book while I was in Thailand's capital. You can read all about it on the Publicity page.
Finally, on March 31 the rights for Moristoun will revert back to me from my publishers Austin Macauley. I'm planning to self-publish a second edition where I'll tidy a few things up and make a few improvements so watch this space.
August 1, 2017
Moristoun has gone all high-tech in the last couple of months, with more moves into the multi-media world. The biggest step was the creation of a trailer for the book which you can now see right above you. The book's publishers Austin Macauley had their own attempts at a trailer but Kevin wanted to do one himself which summed up the book in more detail. The novel is also dissected in much more detail by the good people at Book Reviews Anonymous in their audio critique of Moristoun. You can find this on our Publicity page along with some more updates. Thanks to Lori and Scott for taking time to put Moristoun under the microscope. Finally, in a busy few weeks, Moristoun is one of 11 signed books up for grabs in a charity raffle to raise funds for Dolphin and Whale Conservation. Please visit the fundraising page.
June 1, 2017
After all the work on Kevin's library talk and taking part in Chris' House Walk of Hope, it has been back to the dreary world of book promotion. Huge thanks go to Ann Sterzinger for the first video review of Moristoun which you can find on our Reviews page. There's also another written review there for your enjoyment. Kevin has been in touch with several reviewers in both the UK and the US regarding potential reviews so watch this space.
May 11, 2017
It has been an incredibly busy few days, with Kevin taking part in several events as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The main one was a talk he delivered at Aberdeen Central Library on May 10, 2017, about the role literature can play in breaking the stigma surrounding suicide. As part of the promotion for the talk, Kevin spoke to the Aberdeen radio station SHMU on Friday May 5 and you can hear the full interview on our Publicity page.
In the interview, Kevin talked about the Chris's House Walk of Hope, which was taking place the following day in Glasgow. Kevin took part along with his brother Danny and over 500 others, almost double the figure from last year. You can read more about the Walk of Hope on our Chris's House page.
From there it was up to the Granite City on the Wednesday and Kevin was thrilled to see so many people turn up for the talk, an event held in conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust. To find out more about the talk and Kevin's links with the Scottish Book Trust, visit our new Talks page.
March 20, 2017
It has been a big month for everyone at Chris's House, with the launch of their Walk of Hope and their inclusion in STV's People Project. Kevin has written a piece about the Walk of Hope for the Glasgow Live website and encourages everyone to vote for Chris's House in the People's Project initiative. You can find out more about this and the work of Chris's House here.
March 10, 2017
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Oxfam book signing. It was great to meet so many lovely people and to raise money for a great cause. You can see pictures and read more about it on our Publicity page.
March 6, 2017
Kevin will be signing books at the Oxfam Bookshop on Byres Road, Glasgow, on Friday March 10, from 1pm-4pm. All the cash raised will be going to Oxfam so please pop along and help a good cause. Free Irn-Bru and Tunnocks tea cakes will be provided to give you an even bigger incentive. Here's the Facebook link for the event.
February 17, 2017
Huge thanks to Andrew M Ferrel for featuring Kevin and Moristoun on his blog about writing. You can find out more by visiting our Publicity page. Andrew is a fellow author and you can learn more about him here on Goodreads.
January 11, 2017
I've written a guest post for the website Lynn Case Books about the taboo of suicide and how writers throughout history have approached this difficult subject. In the article, I also speak about suicide's impact on my own life and the great work done by the suicide prevention charity Chris's House. You can find the article here.
November 16, 2016
Thanks to everyone at the Just Write group in Hamilton for inviting Kevin to meet with them and read an extract from Moristoun. It was great to get some feedback on the book but more importantly it was wonderful to meet such nice a group of people. Kevin will try to pop along to your meetings whenever he can and hopes being around such creative people will spark his attempts at a second novel back into life.
September 25, 2016
Kevin's attempts to get Moristoun on the radar of book groups appears to be paying off after two agreed to take a look at it. Students at Strathclyde University will be the pioneers and Kevin can't wait to meet with them to hear their thoughts on the book once they're read it. The Oxfam book group in Glasgow have also agreed to read Moristoun in the new year so hopefully more people will find out about the novel. I will be putting up a Book Group section soon on the website so keep your eyes peeled. In other news, Moristoun got another excellent review on the website Blushing Reads, which has been added to the Reviews section.
September 15, 2016
Kevin and his wife Thanyalak were delighted to attend the first charity ball for Chris's House, the suicide prevention charity. A wonderful night was had by all and you can read more about it here. Kevin would also like to thank Dawn Renton for her article about Moristoun which was printed in The Extra newspaper. There are more details on our Publicity page.
August 25, 2016
A week of from work has given Kevin some time to embark to his old Edinburgh stomping ground for a couple of days out, both related to Moristoun. Last Sunday, he helped the Scotland Writers football team claim a 6-1 win over Edinburgh Primary Teachers, albeit he had to cough and splutter his way through 45 minutes after failing to shake off a horrible virus. Then, just 48 hours later, he was back on the east coast in Penicuik, to speak to Crystal FM about Moristoun. Thanks to Margaret Wilson and Colin McCall for making Kevin feel so welcome and for being part of their wonderful programme. You can learn more about it and listen to the interview on our Publicity page. There will be more media appearances in the offing after Kevin spoke to journalist Dawn Renton and also set up an interview with K107fm in Kirkcaldy.
July 28, 2016
It has been a busy week in the Moristoun world with Kevin's appearance on Black Diamond FM followed by a guest post on Fiction Books and the book signing at WH Smith in Glasgow. You can read updates of all these things on our Publicity page. Thanks to everyone involved in setting up these events.
July 19, 2016
Due to a mix-up over ordering, the book signing with WH Smith has now been put back to Monday July 25. It will still be held from 12pm-2pm so please pop along if you are in Glasgow city centre. Kevin will also be appearing on Black Diamond FM on Saturday July 24 from around 11am to talk about Moristoun and his influences. Make sure you tune in.
July 3, 2016
The frantic quest for publicity continues apace. The talented Gen at Austin Macauley has set up a book signing for Monday July 18 at WH Smith on Sauchiehall St. I will be there from 12pm so please come along and say hello. You can find a link to the event at the Austin Macauley website here. Moristoun has also received excellent publicity from the wonderful blog Fiction Books and the local radio station Sunny G Radio. You can read more about it on our Publicity Page.
June 10, 2016
More reviews are coming in for Moristoun, with Beck Valley Books even rating it as one of the best novels they have read in years. Catch up with all the latest talk about Moristoun on our Reviews page.
June 9, 2016
Kevin will be taking part in an event at the Mitchell Library on Saturday June 16, to celebrate National Reading Group Day. He will join literary luminaries such as Christopher Brookmyre, Kate Tough and Lisa Ballantyne in talking about how their books provide fertile ground for debate in reading groups. Six authors in total will be speaking and the event runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Tickets cost £15, for more information about the event and booking, click here.
May 22, 2016
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Moristoun launch such a success, especially Gen Williams at Austin Macauley for helping to set everything up in the first place. James and Ben at Waterstone's, plus all the other staff, were also extremenly helpful and accommodating, putting everyone at ease. They were also very patient when we overshot our time slot by a good 30 minutes, stopping them from clocking off for the night. Biggest praise of the night has to go to my wife Thanyalak for the wonderful buffet she created, with a nod towards her friend Jyemee for the lovely Malaysian dishes she cooked. It was great to see so many friends and family support me on the night, a truly humbling experience. You can read more about the launch on our Publicity page.
May 13, 2016
Popped into Waterstone's on Sauchiehall Street today to start preparing things for next week's official Moristoun launch. Thanks a lot to James for showing me around and giving me a run down on what will happen. I will make a wee speech, do a reading from the book then answer questions from the floor. Mrs McAllion will be cooking some Thai snacks for everyone and there will also be some free booze. What more could you want from a night out?
May 9, 2016
Thank you to everyone who sponsored Kevin for the Darkness Into Light walk at the weekend, helping me to raise almost £100 for suicide prevention. It was humbling to see so many people turn out on a windy Glasgow morning at 4am to walk 5km in memory of those who lost their lives to suicide. Hopefully charities such as Chris's House in Airdrie can help more families avoid the pain that suicide can cause.
May 5, 2016
Kevin will be taking part in the Darkness Into Light walk on Saturday May 7 to help raise funds for suicide prevention. Set up by Irish charity Pieta, the walk was brought to Scotland for the first time in 2015 thanks to Anne Rowan, the founder of Chris's House. If you would like to sponsor Kevin click here.
April 19, 2016
We've added a new page to the site that highlights the wonderful work done by the charity Chris's House, which helps people feeling suicidal and those affected by suicide. You can read it here. Kevin has also written an article about Chris's House which will hopefully be published soon in the Daily Record.
April 9, 2016
The promotion of Moristoun continues apace and the author has been spending a lot of time trying to line up reviews and features in the book blogosphere. Thanks to the Portobello Book Blog for being the first to help us out. You can read their profile on our Publicity page.
March 31, 2016
After all the waiting, Moristoun is finally unleashed on the public. The author would like to thank everyone who has helped him get to this stage, especially those who helped with reading and suggestions when the book was being written. Chief among those are my mum, Roddie McVake, Brian Stewart and Adrienne Chalmers.
Thanks also to everyone who has helped with publicity for the book before its release, particularly Gen Wiliams at Austin Macualey, Douglas Dickie at the Rutherglen Reformer and Austin Barrett, Melanie Harvey and Fiora McFarlane from the Daily Record. You can read Douglas' excellent article here.
March 23, 2016
Those clever people at Austin Macauley have managed to arrange an official book launch for Moristoun at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The event will be held on Friday May 20 and will start at 6.30pm. There will be Thai snacks provided by Mrs McAllion, plus a few glasses of free booze for everyone to enjoy.
There is a Facebook event page set up for the launch. You can visit it here for more information about the launch and the venue. The author would like to thank Gen Williams at Austin Macauley and everyone at Waterstones in Sauchiehall Street for helping to set up this event.