1. My earliest memory is being held up to a tenement window in Gourock and being told to "look at the boats"
2: I made my First Holy Communion in the doctor's daughter's hand me down dress
3:I am only here today because my father shouted my name seconds before I was about to step over a cliff at Dunotter Castle, nr Stonehaven, at the age of 10. I didn't know the cliff was there, obviously. I was a dreamy child.
4: Got an A for Higher Art thanks to "The Revolution Betrayed", my screen print of Comrade Trotsky. Later sold them all for a tidy profit. Sorry, Leon.
5: Left home aged 16 and went to London
6: The men in my family were seafarers and engineers. The women were all dressmakers who grew things.
7: Cal Williams, my talented cousin, was my teenage soulmate, inspiration and protector. I will treasure every memory of him
8: Thread count matters, polycotton is intolerable
9: One night as a barmaid in the Glasgow Savoy was one night too many...
10: Fate is for fools, you make your own luck. If in doubt, read Sartre's Existentialism and Freedom. Better than a life coach.
11: There are few true genuises in this world but Billy Connolly is one of them
12: I actually saw Dizzy Gillespie live in Ronnie Scotts. I was working as a telex operator at the time. Yes, I know it's hard to believe I'm that old...
13: First boyfriend also had ginger hair. Same length too. Arghhhh....
14: I'm a writer because people encouraged me, so thanks Pat Kane, Malcolm Clark, Rob Brown, Kate Muir, Stuart Cosgrove, Magnus Linklater, Bob Campbell, Kevin McKenna and Mark Douglas Home.
15: The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil. BBC Scotland, late 70s. A life-changing cultural event
16:Perfect moments part one: finding sea potatoes on Islay's Big Strand
17: Perfect moments part two: Walking across hushed, deserted lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii with Grace and Eleanor, 2004
18: I feign feminist disdain for diamonds, but cannot walk past Hamilton and Inches without going in.
19: Glasgow University: good times, good friends, good career move.
20: Knew I was an atheist after the Dunblane killings. Went up there to put down flowers, dropped into the chapel. Nothing. All gone.
21: Dream man? Sam Cooke, who else...
22: Scotland will be independent. Soon.
23: Heaven Must Have Sent You by The Elgins is the most uplifting song I can think of right now.
24:Grace and Eleanor, true love :-)
25: I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree