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Bloody brains

Hi Edwyn and all,

I had the misfortune to suffer a stroke in 07, mine was a blockage rather than a bleed. The effetcs were remarkably similar to Edwyns.. walking limited use of hand( left in my case) and the reading probs.

I was aware before my event that Edwyn had suffered his stroke, and had followed all the info I could.

It really was useful to me to see that it wasn't the end of things, which I think most stroke suffers think at some point... and It helped me realise it was… Continue

Added by simon duffy on September 20, 2009 at 7:50 — No Comments

You are an inspiration

Hi Edwyn, I saw the BBC documentary last night following your progress since your brain heamorrhage. It was truely moving. I too suffered a brain haumorrhage a little less than four months ago and am still in recovery. I was very, very fortunate not to suffer any long term physical deficit but I am currently struggling with some cognitive functions. Making decisions, memory problems, that sort of thing. I wanted to say thank you for showing such courage and determination - you are an… Continue

Added by James Shipton on September 19, 2009 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Strange week

What a strange week?? Monday afternoon i was in my local town and heard the O.J classic rip it up much toe tapping followed then on wednesday treated my wife to a "El cheapo" pub supper and what should come on but "Girl like you" MORE toe tapping and "Air vocals" by me and the missus could it get any freaky??? yep the "Home again" docu comes on !!! now tell me that isnt a higher calling :)

take care one and all x

Added by matt murtagh on September 19, 2009 at 9:17 — 1 Comment

The Guardian feature on Grace's book...

Edwyn Collins: The road to recovery

I also found these articles from The Times and The Big Issue. Sorry if they have been mentioned here before, this site can be a bit confusing!…


Added by Marie McIntyre on September 16, 2009 at 17:47 — No Comments

Dear Edwyn & Grace

Dear Edwyn & Grace,

Bit of a bIast from the past, I used to run a company called Direct Tour Hire.

You and the band spent about two / three years in one of our tourbuses - all over Europe, around the time of 'A girl like you'.

Apologies for not being in touch, been away for a while and new nothing of your illness, until I came across 'Home Again'.

I was truly moved to see your strength of spirit and the bravery you have shown with your recovery, is truly… Continue

Added by Andy Williamson on September 16, 2009 at 16:40 — 1 Comment

Glasgow 25th October.

Arghhhhh!I have tickets to see Michael MacIntyre that night.Och well I always wanted to visit Helmsdale since readin Falling and Laughing.The book has had a profound effect on all of my family.My 11 yr old wee boy now regularly refers to me as Shouty McShoutington of Shoutytown and not always minus the expletive!On the plus side,he and his12 yr old brother were quite excited to show me something,after I had been away at a Conference in Sheffield for a few days.The two of them then started… Continue

Added by Annie McQuiston on September 16, 2009 at 15:16 — 1 Comment

Falling and laughing

Just heard about the book today, can't wait to read it! I'm guessing that writing it was a therapeutic experience in itself!? think of you 3 often. Pipx

Added by pip taylor on September 10, 2009 at 15:49 — 1 Comment


Cant wait for the Mono gig tomorrow night, this'll be my first time seeing you live since Glasgow Tiffanys in 1980something (supporting The Undertones), I'm sure I saw OJ in Night Moves too, but I cant remember if this was before or after the Tiffany's.
All the best for both tomorrow's gigs!

Added by Barry McLuskie on September 9, 2009 at 22:37 — 2 Comments

Falling and Crying

I just finished reading Falling and Laughing and I thought it was just the most beautiful, moving book I've read in a long time. Extremely moving with ever being mawkish and an extremely powerful evocation of the power and momentum that love and determination can create.

Congratulations, Grace, on a wonderful, heart-breaking but ultimately redemptive piece of work.

So many connections - I was a teenager in Glagsgow at the time of Postcard Records and always been… Continue

Added by Greg Eden on August 26, 2009 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

Vocational Rehabilitation

It occured to me that people might find this link useful:

The services described apply to Scotland. At the moment, there are VR teams in Dundee, Lothian and the Borders. The plan is to roll the service out across the whole of Scotland eventually.

If you'd like even more info, the HWL adviceline number is 0800 019 2211.

Added by Vivienne Wilson on August 25, 2009 at 18:01 — No Comments


Hi Edwyn

We are a group of people who are aphasic and know nothing about blogging ..

One of our members suggested to contact you as you may be interested to participate in a seminar / performance organised by and for people with aphasia.

if you have the time log on to and get in touch if interested,

on the home page is a link to our conference in 1997, and on the news page is a link to the 'visual and performaing arts' event we are… Continue

Added by wilfried dautlich on August 25, 2009 at 17:23 — No Comments

Reading & Playing in Word Power Books Edinburgh

Dear Grace, Edwyn and Band,

It was lovely having you here in Edinburgh today. I am so glad I went to join the event, listen to your story, music and get the book signatured.

I am going to translate the book privately into German and weekly send a chapter to my mother who lives in Germany and suffered a stroke eleven years ago. She's been about your age when it happened and has been similarly affected and since then steadily recovered... I know reading your story will be most… Continue

Added by Annedore Wilmes on August 22, 2009 at 17:24 — 1 Comment


great show last night Edwyn and what a beautiful atmosphere. you are a legend.

Added by craig wilkie on August 21, 2009 at 9:21 — No Comments

The Eternal Inspiration

Hi Edwyn... I've just signed up today so thought I'd drop you a quick note... For many many moons now, you've been a great source of inspiration, happiness, and excitement, not only to myself, but first and foremost to my mother and stepfather, Pauline and Robin... We've listened to your music collectively as a family and had many a great time listening to 'Gorgeous George' (amongst others) whilst driving over the sprawling hills into deepest most gorgeous Donegal on our annual family trips...… Continue

Added by Sarah K on August 21, 2009 at 8:06 — 1 Comment

Creative spirits

I was moved to make contact after seeing and hearing the film on the radio 4 website. I love Orange Juice, Postcard records....your voice - all seems like yesterday, and hearing the snippet of footage brings memories flooding back. Then we grow older and shit life turbulence follows. Your progression is inspirational; how persistant the creative spirit can be when the body can't cooperate.

Added by Philippa Münstermann Edwards on August 20, 2009 at 19:41 — 2 Comments


Heard the interview this morning and watched it on the web tonight; the improvement, even since Celtic Connections in January, is really startling! Have a great birthday at the week-end!

Gerry & Kathleen Maguire

Added by Gerry Maguire on August 20, 2009 at 19:14 — No Comments


Having first seen OJ supporting The Undertones on 8th Dec, 1978 at Tiffany's, and having subsequently see Edwyn at the Pavilion and The Garage then, more recently, the emotional homecomings at Oran Mor and ABC, I thoroughly enjoyed "Falling and Laughing", which I read on holiday.....well done, Grace and Edwyn!

Gerry and Kathleen Maguire

Added by Gerry Maguire on August 18, 2009 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

What Is That On Your Head??

Had this La Belle poster for years but still can't figure out what this is over your head. Does anyone have any ideas??

Added by Robert D on August 17, 2009 at 14:30 — No Comments

Could you change the lyrics.....PLEASE!!!

Hey there Edwyn,

I have only really got into your music over the past few years...and rate Doctor Syntax as the best $ 2 I have ever spent on an album. (ok so , this was only maybe 80 pence...and it was in the bargin bin at a local store...but still I LOVE IT!)

But was annoyed with myself for actually finding out the correct lyrics to your big hit.."girl like you".

For soooo long i thought you were singing..

Too many buddhist singers

Not enough… Continue

Added by Mark Catley on August 15, 2009 at 4:30 — 1 Comment

The New Book and other stuff

Hi...Hope you are well, I have just read Graces Book and it is an incredible read, both emotional and very powerful. Also went to see your Art Exibition at the CCA in Glasgow in May and was very impressed. I was at the Celtic Connections Gig at the ABC and it was great to see you back at your very best. I still remember the QM gig in 1986 and Renfew Ferry Gig in 1991 when you got your Mum up on stage and sang Rip it up for a very close family friend.

Good luck for the future Edwyn and… Continue

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