Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Kirsty and I am 43 years old. I live in Bannockburn in Stirling but am originally from Edinburgh. I am in fourth year at the University of Stirling and I study English Literature and Creative Writing. I was a late starter at university, but I think its never too late to make positive changes in your life. University gave me the courage to delve into the scary world of possibilities that I might actually be good enough to publish some of my work. Last year I published my first novel ‘Loved Settled and Understood’. I have since published an article with the Fibromyalgia magazine, an article for the Stirling News, a poem with the Brig online newspaper and two poem with The Write Angle magazine. I love writing poetry and have recently been dabbling with my Scottish voice.
In addition to university, I work part time as a key-holder in the British Red Cross. I was a retail manager for 20 years and find that working within the charity sector is not only fulfilling but fun.
Outside of uni and work, I enjoy writing- obviously, I love reading good books, I enjoy theatre, visiting new places and looking at tatt. I also love old places. I love most types of music yet have a new found respect for classical.
More importantly, I live with the love of my life, we met nearly three years ago and it was the most romantic experience of my life. Her name is Helen, she is 29, she is English but I’m converting her to the Scottish way of life. We met on WordPress. She commented on one of my blogs and I replied. She was at the other side of the world at the time and lets just say, we fell in love before we even met. Helen is a seamstress and has her own business – Braw Hem.
I’m complicated, or at least I thought I was, until I met Helen and she gets me. I wear my heart on my sleeve and crave the love that she so readily gives me. I am regularly disappointed with the dullness of normal life and sometimes people,I seek to make my world a more pleasant place by being a little irrational and often spontaneous. I hate the word normal, I believe that our lives are so socially constructed that we are scared to be individual. Politically I am a socialist/feminist and disagree with all of British politics – especially right wing politics. I would love Scotland to become an independent nation but I am not a nationalist. I hate war. I believe in equality. I hate big business. I do not think I will ever be rich and am not driven by money. I love to write material that people want to read, not to become famous -because being in the public eye makes me feel uncomfortable, hence the reason I hide behind words. My biggest wish is to stop loneliness, I wish I could reach out to all the lonely people out there who just need someone to say hi but I’m not God and do not believe in God.
I love connecting with other writers/readers from all over the globe, so please do not be shy – say hello.
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