I am a retired librarian. I was one of the convenors of the Scottish Libraries Reader Development Network, and I have reviewed books for the following:-
Scottish Review of Books
Scots Whay Hae!
In my role as convenor I was also responsible for compiling Scotland-wide reading lists for use in adult lending libraries throughout the country, and it was through these lists and other initiatives that I helped to promote the careers of writers based in Scotland.
I was also Chair of the London Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s and I am a member of the Executive Council of its successor organisation, Action for Southern Africa, serving from 1994 to date. I worked as a volunteer for 5 months in 2014 at the Donald Woods Foundation in Hobeni, Eastern Cape, South Africa. My task was to set up their library and archive. Donald Woods was the newspaper editor who exposed the murder of Steve Biko by the apartheid police, and the library consists of his books and private papers.
I am actively involved in ACTSA Scotland and have taken one of the leading roles in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day in Scotland. )n 18 July 2015, Mandela’s birthday, we dispatched a container of 50,000 children’s books to public and school libraries in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
I am also a member of the Anti-Apartheid Archives Committee.