My name is Laura Morgan.
As a writer I am particularly interested in place-sense and place-attachment, both of which are very strong in the Scottish Highlands, where ‘place’ is a complex combination of myth, history, landscape and language.
I hate the word remote as a label for rural places. It requires the speaker to take their orientation from some urban place: an outsider’s perspective. And it implies that the value of a place decreases with its distance from a centre of population. Rather, ‘remote’ here refers to a distance within myself. Writing is a lonely occupation.
This blog is a blend of place-writing and memoir.
Laura Morgan’s short stories have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Moth, New Writing Scotland, and Taking Flight (Vietnam). As well as fiction, she writes reviews and essays, and has featured as a Scottish Review of Books’ Emerging Critic. In 2017, she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award.