Highland Home Cook – The Cook Book

Comment from Sue Lawrence – Cook and Author:
This is a book that will inspire and tantalise, with its exciting recipes and enticing photos. The instructions and methods to each recipe are clear and precise – and tips abound. A must-buy for the home cook.

Comment from Jane on Goodreads:
Really like this book, not only for the recipes but also for the very helpful comment around the recipes which make it a good read generally. I’ve tried quite a few recipes from lentil dhal (best l’ve ever made) to ice-cream (went down very well across the age groups). Particularly appreciate the different but not too fancy or difficult twist on staples.


This enigmatic first collection will see you sharing a dip in a cold Highland loch, listening to bird song and beach combing, among other things. The poetry is coloured by living in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the influence of nature and environment is evident.

Comment from Liz on Amazon:
Debbie paints both the outer world and her inner worlds with an immediacy that makes you feel immersed in the scene. Thoughtful and delicate. A joy to read.

Live Well For Less

We all like to save money and “Living Well for Less” will help you do that. Beginning with the basics of budgeting and moving on to highlight key areas to consider where you can save money. It offers practical suggestions with added hints and tips for simplifying life, so that we might live well for ourselves and the planet. This compact guide will be indispensable.

Our Own Coordinates

A beautifully put together collection that has the reader pulled close to the subject matter with such humanity. These poems allow the reader to see and feel what happens when dementia enters the lives of those dearly loved. The words echo long after reading of “things lost forever, things lost only sometimes and things never lost.” A tender and important book.

I contributed to this book.

An Entertaining Anthology

An astonishingly diverse range of work from Tain Writing Group, from short stories inspired by images or snatches of poetry, to dialogue for theatre, an entire alternate universe in the fantasy/Sci Fi genre, and sample chapters of two historical novels. With thanks to Highlife Highland, Highland Libraries and the You Time Initiative.

I contributed to this book.

An excerpt from Poetry is a bit Like Breadmaking (substack):
It has a mystique surrounding it. It has a reputation for being ‘hard’. Think T S Elliot, maybe, or whoever it was you ‘hated’ at school, where poetry was often reduced to metre and form. (We ‘did’ Keats and I loved him). And poetry can be oblique. It doesn’t always give up its secrets easily. Doesn’t blast, screaming from a megaphone – although it can.

Extracts from short stories

From “Going Home…”‘”
Accurate data: accurate predictions. But understanding the weather wasn’t an accurate science. Graphs and charts and models where what the NASA boys wanted, they weren’t interested in understanding the phenomena, the intricate minutiae of the relationships between things; they wanted facts not details. Well, he had provided them with facts for thirty years. He had sat in a room of droning PC’s and chattering printers, artificial light and artificial friendships, and now he was done.He had tucked the box under his arm, grabbed his ancient umbrella from the coat stand and walked…

From “Our Dying Star”:
Every day at 10am they raise the radiation shields, flooding light and heat into our underground world; powering the paltry life we have here: a controlled and almost sterile environment. A decade ago we could go out for 10 minutes a day, but now no one dares. The temperatures increase almost daily, so they tell us. The earth is a desiccated wilderness with little life. Some dessert plants and creatures survive, according to the agronomists, but that is all. Our blue green planet is now an ochre dust ball spinning to oblivion..