Books – Event at The Edinburgh Bookshop on 19 April

Author Ronan Ryan is visiting The Edinburgh Bookshop on 19 April for an event beginning at 7pm. The Irish writer has just penned a book which is getting rave reviews, The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice. It is described as part love story, part coming of age and a story that trails the history of Ireland from the Troubles to the present day. Book your More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
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National Library announces new Muriel Spark post

It will be the centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth on 1 February 2018 when her life and work will be celebrated as one of Scotland’s finest authors. Perhaps best known for The Prime of Miss Jean More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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Engaging Libraries has money for innovation in libraries

Public libraries across Scotland urged to apply to £150k programme Programme will support health & wellbeing projects Up to 10 public libraries across UK set to benefit A new £150k programme, Engaging Libraries, More...

By Nigel Duncan On Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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Tasty tales writing project is launched

Mary Contini who is taking part in the initiative Scottish Book Trust has launched a writing project to encourage people to share true stories of life and food. A selection of the best submissions to be published More...

By John Preece On Saturday, March 25th, 2017
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Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Linguistic Award for young Edinburgh Poets   The multilingual talents of budding young poets from two Edinburgh schools were celebrated at a prestigious award ceremony in Glasgow. Students from The Royal High More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Blackwell’s Book Group – hear what they thought of Icelandic crime

The book group at Blackwell’s have been reading Icelandic crime. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a writer of crime fiction and children’s fiction and the book group read Last Rituals. This was the first in the Thora Gudmundsdottir More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Blackwell’s book recommendations for gardeners

Blackwell’s on South Bridge has a massive collection of books on all imaginable subjects. This month they have chosen three of their favourites from the gardening section to help you get off on the right foot More...

By Nigel Duncan On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
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Teacher Claire wins prize for top teen book

Claire McFall has been named the winner of the first Scottish Teenage Book Prize for her third novel, Black Cairn Point. She beat off competition from Keith Gray’s The Last Soldier and Silver Skin by Joan Lennon More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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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 Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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The Girl on the Train tops Edinburgh Libraries lending lists

In Edinburgh the library service has just counted up the most borrowed books of 2016, and it turns out we like crime and mystery best of all. And whether it is in book form or as an electronic download, The Girl More...