Rosemary Kaye

Rosemary Kaye used to be a lawyer in Aberdeen, but has now given all that up and instead justifies her jolly life in Edinburgh by writing about it. She is very fond of going out for tea and stickies, or staying in and reading the unparalleled novels of Barbara Pym.

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Nick Sharratt wins the 2017 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

‘In quiet times and sleepy times a child can dwell in thoughts of his own, and in songs and stories of his own.’ Although children’s author Margaret Wise Brown wrote these words over fifty years More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, January 13th, 2017

Turn your Christmas cards into trees!

The first Christmas card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 to persuade the British public to use the new Penny Post. The card showed three generations of a family raising a toast to the card’s recipient: More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, January 7th, 2017

EQ: Revolution! The Edinburgh Quartet and Erik Petrie at Ocean Terminal

In 1917 the Russian Empire collapsed, the Tsar abdicated, and by the end of the year a new communist state had emerged, one that would eventually lead to the formation of the USSR. One hundred years later The Edinburgh More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Winter Exhibitions at the City Art Centre*****

Chloe Brown’s screenprint portrait of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson is at first sight a simple line drawing of a man in profile. Look again and you will see that inside the man there are all manner of objects, More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

HRH The Queen doesn’t spend Christmas at her Scottish Palace – which is a pity, because if she did she would no doubt enjoy all the stunning decorations created by Hannah Belcher and Deborah Clarke More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, November 26th, 2016
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Rupert Wolfe Murray: Stories from the Road

Gap years – they cost money, right? Your trip is organised by a company, your parents and granny feel obliged to chip in with large donations towards your ‘target’, you travel with a group, spend More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, November 11th, 2016

Leo du Feu at The Sutton Gallery

A new solo exhibition by wildlife and landscape artist Leo du Feu will preview at The Sutton Gallery on Saturday afternoon (12th November.) Edinburgh College of Art graduate Leo works in oil, acrylic and watercolour, More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Event Horizon: A Festival of Sci-Fi

Event Horizon is at The Blind Poet, West Nicolson Street from 7.30pm on Monday 7th November; everyone is welcome! ‘As we sit around the fire of driftwood, sparks floating to mingle with the stars in the More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Umbrellas of Edinburgh: poetry and prose inspired by Scotland’s capital city

  ‘These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people.’ Edinburgh has inspired many writers, from Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to Ian Rankin and Irvine More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016: Reflecting Fridas

Ana Maria Lines had a problem; she wanted to tell the world about Frida Kahlo, but she had no idea where to begin. The celebrated Mexican artist, Communist, feminist and rebel was proving as hard to pin down in More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, October 29th, 2016

BFI Black Star Film Season

The British Film Institute recently published a list of ’10 Great Black British Films’ – films about the black British experience. I’m afraid I’d only seen one of them, heard of maybe More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, October 24th, 2016

Festival of Dreams: Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016

Storytellers Mio Shapley (correct) and David Campbell find inspiration in the stars at Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory, ahead of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which started on 21st October 2016). More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, October 10th, 2016

Africa in Motion Scotland African Film Festival 2016

‘The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it’ (George Kimble) What does African film mean to you? Does it bring to mind Meryl Streep and her Kenyan farm? Virginia Anderson and More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, October 7th, 2016

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016 (and why you might plan to go next year)

‘Two of these musicians are Jazz Festival virgins…’ And they aren’t the only ones…  I had never even been to Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, never mind its annual whisky-fuelled More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Pen Reid: InValid*****

‘Our song began by a loch…the fish lay still listening to our words’ (Awakening) InValid, artist and poet Pen Reid’s new pamphlet, tells the story of a marriage  – hers. It begins More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

A Day Out to Burntisland

Where do you think of when you want a day out of the city? A trip to East Lothian maybe? Or a walk in the Pentlands? Both are excellent choices – but last weekend I went to Burntisland. The Fife coast is somewhere More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Charles Fernyhough: Voices in Our Heads

‘Our experience is full of words; we are talking, we are listening’ When Andy Murray was losing against Novak Djokovic, he went into the locker room, looked at himself in the mirror and said: ‘You More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Iain Macwhirter

‘A tsunami is the result of an earthquake; Scotland’s earthquake was the independence referendum campaign’ According to chair Magnus Linklater, Iain Macwhirter is ‘one of the best informed More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, August 15th, 2016

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden

What does your garden say about you? Is it all in straight lines, does it wander about all over the place? Is it full of flowers, or used to grow your own veg – or (heaven forbid) has it been paved over to save More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 REVIEW – AcaDemic: Cambridge A Capella On Tour ft. Fitz Barbershop and The Fitz Sirens****

In Greek mythology, Sirens were beautiful yet dangerous creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. (Odysseus was one of the few More...