Before graduating in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, I worked as a master joiner/carpenter. Following graduation from university, I studied for a post-graduate diploma in Community Education and worked as a literacy tutor in Community Learning and Development. I have gained education awards and published an academic paper on the use of Scots language in family literacy work. I have produced teachers' notes for the Scottish Book Trust.
My first work of fiction, Justified Sinner, was completed in 2016. Since then I have published three more novels in the JP Associate series.
“Loved Lullaby of the Soul great read picked it up never put it down till the end loved the throw backs and the surprises Once again Mr Addison another outstanding novel Canny wait for the next one.’
“Hi Alan, I have just finished reading your book, it was great to take a trip down memory lane through the street names and of course our Leith motto to persevere. I was taken on a journey through the war, experiencing it through the eyes of the characters. As I finished the book a dragonfly landed on me, spiritually it symbolises change, transformation, adaptability, self-realisation and good luck. Thank you for this contribution to the world.
“Hola Alan. Your book Lullaby of the Soul is very good and well written. I enjoyed reading it. Describing the situation in Leith during the First War World. I learnt how the community lived during those years. Felicitaciones and gracias amigo.”
“I couldn’t put this book down. Spent the morning reading it and loved every minute.”
“A storyline that touched the soul.”
“Really enjoyed reading this emotionally charged story.”
“It is so different from the other books yet needed to be written. It bridges them all.”
My dear patient readers, as of this morning my 6th book, Lullaby of the Soul, a novella, is available on Kindle. The paperback should be available on Amazon with the next day or two. I’ll let you know asap.
It is part of the JP Associate series, though a wee bit different from the norm. I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
There are a great many community minded people out there. I learned that working in Community Education and from my neighbours delivering goods to our door during lockdown.
Not everyone cries “What about me?” when faced with the traumas brought about by Covid19 and I was so chuffed to learn that my youngest Son was thinking of others when he decided that the best way to help those hardest to reach, those with little money and fewer prospects, was to offer his counselling and hypnotherapy services free to all and to fund his work through Gofundme.
Take a look at his project and if you feel inclined, please donate – this project, and this man, are going to help an awful lot of people.
See Clearmindborders, The Community Minded Project on Facebook, Istagram etc.