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 Sunday, September 17th, 2017
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A Tour of The Gardens of Holyroodhouse

Every year in July HRH The Queen hosts a spectacular garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It’s an event that carries on whatever the weather, and no doubt many a royal jam tart has ended up a little damp More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival: The 2017 Siobhan Dowd Trust Lecture

If like me you were a child of the sixties, you probably read a lot of books. You did this partly because, swinging as things apparently were in Carnaby Street, just about everywhere else life was deeply boring. No More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, August 27th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 : John Lister-Kaye

John Lister-Kaye was born to be wild.   Lister-Kaye’s life has come full circle; a childhood spent roaming the countryside of Warwickshire and Somerset set the tone for his current life in the Scottish More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Godspell****

Well, here’s a thing. Godspellwas first performed at the Carnegie Mellon University Theatre in Pittsburgh 37 years ago – who’d have thought it? Certainly no-one who sees the University of Manchester Musical More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, August 21st, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The Naked Dietitian – Raising the Roof *****

  Once or twice in a lifetime a performance comes along that strikes a chord so pure, resonates so loudly with your own experience, that the performer seems to have seen into your soul. Many years ago in a More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, August 20th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival: On the Money – Celebrating Nan Shepherd

We are (not terribly comfortably, it must be said) seated in the Bosco Theatre, a wooden tent in the middle of George Street. Outside it’s pouring, and inside it’s decidedly damp; cagouls are gently steaming. More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, August 18th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Jim Crumley and Christopher Nicholson – Men for All Seasons

‘A badger peed on my wellies once while I was wearing them. It was like being anointed by nature.’ Many of us are good at sitting still, but few of us see it as a necessity of life. For nature writer Jim Crumley More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 : Malachy Tallack and Barry Smith – Uncovering the Joys of Islands

‘Most people live on a lonely island Lost in the middle of a foggy sea. Most people long for another island One where they know they will like to be.’ So sings Bloody Mary in the musical South Pacific. More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Will Self and Richard Sennett – Draughtsmen Drafting

‘I’ve always wondered why I find suburbs sexy’ Although the novelist, academic and former bad boy of journalism, Will Self, claims now to like suburbs, he certainly didn’t appreciate growing up in one More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Alastair McIntosh: Poacher’s Pilgrimage – An Island Journey

Alastair McIntosh was born in 1955 at Leurbost on Lewis, that northern part of a Hebridean island with two names, two identities.  Forty-three years earlier, a certain Mary Anne MacLeod had been born just eight More...