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Bitter Fruit

 Out now    

Order online: e-book | paperback

In this much-anticipated sequel to Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares, LG Thomson's personal story plays out against a background of Mutually Assured Destruction, acid rain, industrial unrest, and UK unemployment hitting an all-time high. Set in 1980s Scotland (with cameos from London) and featuring tales of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, hippies and punks, nightmares and masks, dreams and hopes, Bitter Fruit is a frank and darkly funny read about enduring the bleakest of times. The book includes a playlist along with contemporary photographs and sketches by the author. 

art exhibition LG Thomson MK Thomson

this is where we are

Exhibition of new work by artists

MK Thomson and LG Thomson

at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool,

17 March - 27 June 2024.

Exploring Primal Landscape

Only three places remaining for this creative writing workshop in Coigach. To book your place, email paulamshepherd@gmail.com

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Journeys | Bridge House Art

Combined creative writing and art course co-tutored by LG Thomson and Eleanor White.

Bridge House Art Summer School 22 - 26 July 2024

During this five-day course we will use a unique combination of creative writing and expressive art to explore the concept of journeys, from emotional, spiritual, and imaginative, to physical.

Journey: to travel from one place to another. From A to B and back again; round trip; one way ticket; or perhaps an open ended journey traversing lines of latitude and longitude, crossing borders, oceans, time zones. But not all journeys involve physical travel. The word journey can also be used to describe the journeys we make in life – voyages of self-discovery, of growing up, growing old, explorations of identity, experiences leading to transformation. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to share their work with the group. This exciting and innovative course will suit those new to art or writing as well as those experienced in both.

THIS COURSE HAS SOLD OUT.

PLEASE CONTACT BRIDGE HOUSE ART IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

First WordHaus gig sold out

LG Thomson author
Jon Miller poet

WordHaus, a cabaret of poetry and prose by Jon Miller and LG Thomson, played out before a packed and enthusiastic audience at the Ceilidh Place Venue in Ullapool on 17 November 2023.

The concept behind WordHaus was to disrupt the idea of writers reading their work in front of an audience sitting in polite rows. Miller and Thomson, both known for their dark humour, sought to bridge the gap between stage and floor, to tear up the reverential hush often found at literary events. Removing that artificial barrier coupled with the stellar delivery of the poetry and prose made WordHaus a hot ticket. Seating at the event was cabaret style, with the bar open throughout.

WordHaus graphics designed by LG Thomson.

Click here to enquire about booking WordHaus for an event.

Tickets on sale now from  Ceilidh Place, Ullapool.

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New short story

True Tales from the Sea by a Fisherman's Wife 
published by Open Book Unbound

True Tales from the Sea by a Fisherman's Wife, a short story by LG Thomson, published by Open Book Unbound. 

Read the story here.

November 2023

Creative Writing at Bridge House Art

LG Thomson will be running a short creative writing course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool this autumn.

 

Four Wednesdays from 25 Oct - 15 Nov, 7-9pm. Theme: Exploring Primal Landscape.

 

There is no prep, no homework, everything happens in the room. Materials provided. Places limited. £90.

 

For booking and payment, email bookings@bridgehouseart.co.uk

This course is now fully booked.

Open Book Creative Writing
Ullapool & Coigach

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Ullapool: 2-4pm, Wednesdays, Ullapool Library

2023: 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec.

2024: 6 Mar, 17 Apr, 8 May, 5 Jun, 4 Sep.

Coigach: 11am - 1pm, Thursdays, Coigach Community Hall

2023: 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec.

2024: 7 Mar, 18 Apr, 9 May, 6 Jun, 5 Sep.

Free to attend. Materials provided. Age 16+.

Here / There | Bridge House Art

Combined creative writing and art course co-tutored by LG Thomson and Eleanor White.

Bridge House Art Summer School 24 - 28 July 2023

Why do some places resonate with us? What makes us feel that we belong here but not there? Why does one setting sing and another endow us with a sense of unease? How does our sense of identity relate to our sense of place? What does it mean to be here as opposed to there? In this course we will use a unique combination of creative writing and expressive art to respond to these questions and explore the concepts of primal landscape, spirit of place, environmental preferences, and the personal relationship between ourselves and our surroundings. Students will be encouraged to share their work with the group. This exciting and innovative course will suit those new to art or creative writing as well as those experienced in both. Co-tutored by artist Eleanor White and author LG Thomson. THIS COURSE HAS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CONTACT BRIDGE HOUSE ART IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Author Event
Dundee Central Library, 3pm, Wed 21 June

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Reading @ Gallery Late

LG Thomson will be reading from her successful memoir, Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares, at Gallery Late, An Talla Solais, Market Street, Ullapool.

 

Friday 5th May.

Event starts at 6pm.

Readings 7.00-7.30pm.

Free entry.

Live Literature

LG Thomson has extensive experience of running creative writing workshops and is listed on the Scottish Book Trust Author Directory. If you are a school, library, community group or not-for-profit organisation based in Scotland and would like to commission LG for an event you can apply for partial funding via the Live Literature programme. 

Artist's Sale An Talla Solais | Ullapool | 17 - 18 March 2023

A series of small paintings by LG Thomson will be available at the ATS Spring Market along with a selection of her collage poetry cards.

Live Literature | Strandlines | Ullapool | 22 Jan 2023

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LG Thomson has extensive experience of running creative writing workshops and is listed on the Scottish Book Trust Author Directory. If you are a school, library, community group or not-for-profit organisation based in Scotland and would like to commission LG for an event you can apply for partial funding via the Live Literature programme. 

Shipbuilding | published by Open Book Unbound

Shipbuilding, a short story by LG Thomson, published by Open Book Unbound. 

Read the story here.

Listen to the podcast here

January 2023

Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares featured in Dundee Courier

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                             Book launch success!                              

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Author LG Thomson in conversation with artist Eleanor White.
Book launch for Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares
Book launch for Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares
Author LG Thomson

The Ceilidh Place Venue in Ullapool was filled to capacity for the launch of Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares. The enthusiastic audience gathered on 2nd December 2022 to hear author LG Thomson discuss the book with artist Eleanor White. The evening included a few sharp intakes of breath, much laughter, and a lively Q&A session. Although it was only recently published, it is clear that Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares is resonating with readers, no matter where they are from.

Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares hits the front page!

Front page Ross-shire Journal
Ross-shire Journal 25.11.22

Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares OUT NOW

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Pre-sales drained the warehouse, but fresh ink is on the way! Thank you very much to everyone who has bought or ordered a copy of Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares. To get your copy, order online or via your local bookshop. For immediate gratification grab an e-book now. Reviews on Amazon would be very much appreciated by author and publisher.   e-book | paperback 

Book Launch by LG Thomson

Book Launch

The first generation of children to grow up in Scotland’s New Towns are now in their 50s and 60s yet virtually nothing has been written about that experience. Until now. Join LG Thomson as she discusses Modern Dreams Brutalist Nightmares with artist Eleanor White.

Ceilidh Place Venue, Ullapool | 7pm, Fri 2 December 2022

Books will be on sale on the night and available to buy in advance from the Ceilidh Place Bookshop. Licensed bar. 16+

Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares

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Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares, a brutally honest narrative memoir about being part of the first generation to grow up in Cumbernauld - Scotland's most ambitious and experimental New Town - will be published by Outcast Press on 15 November 2022.    PRE-ORDER NOW: e-book | paperback   

Open Book | Coigach

Coigach

LG Thomson leads Open Book creative writing sessions in Ullapool and Coigach. The groups meet monthly with a break for the summer. The Coigach group meets on Thursdays, 11am-1pm, in Coigach Community Hall. The sessions are free to attend, materials are provided, and no booking is necessary - just turn up on the day. The group is friendly and welcoming, and the sessions are informal. Contact Lorraine for more info.

Coigach Open Book 2022/2023: 6 October, 27 October, 1 December, 12 January, 2 February, 2 March, 30 March, 27 April, 1 June, 29 June. Updated September 2022

Open Book | Ullapool

Ullapool Open Book

LG Thomson leads Open Book creative writing sessions in Ullapool and Coigach. The groups meet monthly with a break for the summer. The Ullapool group meets on Wednesdays, 2-4pm, in the library. The sessions are free to attend, materials are provided, and no booking is necessary - just turn up on the day. The group is friendly and welcoming, and the sessions are informal. Contact Lorraine for more info.

Ullapool Open Book 2023: 1 February, 1 March, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June. Updated January 2023

New Book Deal | Outcast Press

Modernist Dreams Brutalist Nightmares, a brutally honest narrative memoir about being part of the first generation to grow up in Cumbernauld - Scotland's most ambitious and experimental New Town - will be published by Outcast Press in autumn 2022.

Life Lines | Bridge House Art

LIFE LINES, an innovative three day course combining creative writing and art has been devised between artist Eleanor White and author LG Thomson. During the course a combination of creative writing and expressive art will be used to explore individual life experiences. Beginning with the idea that all creativity comes out of play, we will use a variety of experimental writing and art techniques to help us explore our stories. As we immerse ourselves in creative play we will produce many layers of work. We will build upon these layers to create finished pieces of writing and art.  Bridge House Art, 2-4 August 2022. NB, this course is fully booked. 

Open Book | Coigach | Ullapool

Members of Open Book Ullapool with poet Hannah Lavery at Ullapool Book Festival, May 2022.

LG Thomson is the Lead Reader for Open Book sessions in Coigach and Ullapool. Shared reading is used at these friendly and informal workshops to inspire creative writing. The groups meet monthly with a break for the summer. Dates for 2022/23 UllapoolDates for 2022/23 Coigach.

Glopop | published by Wyldblood

Glopop, a speculative short story by LG Thomson about the world population crisis was published in Issue 6 of Wyldblood Magazine.

Thirst | published by Janus Literary

Thirst, a short story by LG Thomson, has been published by Janus Literary. Thirst was inspired by the story behind Théodore Géricault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa (1818-19) and influenced by the author's insomnia. The story can be read here.

Hazy Shade of Blue | published by Open Book Unbound

Hazy Shade of Blue, a short story by LG Thomson was published by Open Book as part of their Unbound programme. You can read the story here and listen to it being discussed by Claire Urquhart and Marjorie Lotfi from Open Book here

skinscape | published by Epoch Press

skinscape, a narrative non-fiction story by Lorraine Thomson about living with psoriasis was published in the Aftermath edition of Epoch magazine (Spring 2021). Lorraine was interviewed by Epoch in July 2021.

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