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Books of the Year in today’s Herald

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 November 2016 under Books, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Today the Herald has an arts supplement with Books of the Year 2016 chosen by various guest selectors. Broadcaster Sheena McDonald has chosen my book ‘Sleeping in Temples‘ as one of her books of the year: ‘What makes a successful concert pianist? The internationally-acclaimed performer Susan Tomes explains using language as felicitously as she does […]




A question and answer from 1976

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 October 2016 under Books, Inspirations, Teaching  •  2 Comments

Clearing out old files this week I came across an article called ‘A Talk with Gyorgy Sebok’, from a 1976 edition of Piano Quarterly. It was an interview of the Hungarian piano guru Gyorgy Sebok by a colleague, pianist Seth Carlin. Sebok taught in Indiana University; Carlin at Washington University in St Louis. Alas, neither […]




Wigtown Book Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 September 2016 under Books, Concerts, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I spoke about my book ‘Sleeping in Temples’ at the Wigtown Book Festival (see photo), a merry gathering in ‘Scotland’s Book Town’ in the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway. Arriving there for the first time in driving rain and wind wasn’t the perfect introduction, but when the sun came out I was better […]




Edinburgh International Book Festival

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 August 2016 under Books, Concerts  •  2 Comments

On a night when the brilliant Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov was playing at the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival, it was not to be expected that any piano fans would still be available to come to the Edinburgh Book Festival to hear my talk, which clashed directly with the Usher Hall concert. […]




The topic of my next book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 January 2016 under Books, Inspirations  •  1 Comment

Over the Christmas holidays I’ve been talking with friends and family about the topic of my next book. I’ve got some ideas of my own, but one night someone suggested to me that I could ‘crowd-source’ ideas from people who read my blog. If ‘crowd-source’ seems a little hyperbolic, let’s say ‘group-source’. What would people like […]




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