I’m a retired librarian living in Glasgow. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was little, I always said “an author”. I filled notebooks with stories and poems which I was sometimes asked to read to the class in primary school. Writing essays in secondary school and university seemed to knock that creativity out of me and I modified my bookish ambitions to becoming a librarian (sorry to say, I was under the impression I could read all day). Now, in the wonderful era of the world-wide web, anyone can be an author and here I am writing again.
I’m not a native Glaswegian, but I’ve been here since 1986 and can’t imagine living anywhere else now – it’s a great city with lots going on. Edinburgh might have the biggest festival but we seem to have one every month or so, my favourites being Celtic Connections (music) and Aye, write! (books). Eating out is excellent, especially if you like curries as I do. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1983, and this can have an impact on travelling, so this is a big advantage as an Indian restaurant is often one of the more reliable places to find good vegetarian meals (although I admit my first Glasgow curry brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t speak for some time).
Another feature of Glasgow is that it’s a very green place with a high number of parks which we enjoy visiting, and we’re also really well placed for getting into the hills, both up to the Highlands and down to the English Lake District.
My travelling companion is nearly always John, my husband of almost 40 years. I do most of the planning before we go, but he’s much more practical once we get there, finding his way around with ease while I trail in his wake without a clue how to get to where I want to be (no sense of direction). We make a great team.