The Children’s Giving Tree at Blackwell’s

If your home is like mine, with every shelf sagging under the weight of reading matter, you may find it hard to imagine that some children have no books at all.  These children aren’t in far off Third World countries; they live in Edinburgh just like us, but they have probably never been to a library, much less a bookshop. Many of us find huge More...

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By Mike Smith On Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Book Review – Never Mind the Jambos

  Hearts supporters continuing to follow their team by bus and car, and then again by railway, would do well to make their journey seem much quicker by buying Never Mind the Jambos, a Hearts quiz book expertly More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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The Land Agent – an evening with J David Simons

The Middle East: we see it on television news every night, we are appalled at what we see going on there – but how many of us have a clue what it’s all about?  Every side has its story, every faction More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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New film based on Waverley anniversary

  New film marks 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel – ‘Waverley’ Queen Margaret University media students, Phillip Ellarby & Fausta Avizienyte, have created a new Vox More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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Nanowrimo – start writing your novel today (or not!)

Nanowrimo or November writing month launched today and a new survey of 1000 UK writers has discovered what is most likely to distract them from actually getting down to writing their novel. It is hoped that sharing More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, October 17th, 2014
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The 18th Independent Radical Book Fair at Out of the Blue

Would you like to try an alternative book festival? The 18th Independent Radical Book Fair begins on Wednesday 22 October 2014. Organised by Edinburgh’s own Word Power Books, the fair will feature talks, More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Clocking life: William McIlvanney and Jenni Fagan

‘The moment crackled like an electric storm’ Lines like this would be gold dust to most writers, but in William McIlvanney’s books they just keep on coming. This man, the creator of Jack Laidlaw, More...

By John Preece On Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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‘Sir Walter Scott’ at Waverley Station

Great Scott! – Sir Walter’s Words Around Waverley From today Edinburgh’s Waverley Station – the only railway station in the world named after a novel – will be awash with the wit and wisdom More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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Book Week Scotland 2014 – a celebration of books and reading

‘A love of reading……at its most powerful, transforms lives’ (Sophie Moxon, Acting Director, Scottish Book Trust) For all the gloom and doom we hear about parents who never read to their More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
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Edinburgh City Libraries support the Just Read campaign

Today Edinburgh City Libraries announce their support of ITV Good Morning Britain’s ‘Just Read’ campaign, to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day. The campaign, More...