Literary Flavours: Italian Book Week in Stockbridge

One of my favourite parts of Brideshead Revisited takes place in Venice, when Sebastian Flyte flings open the shutters of his father’s palazzo to reveal the Grand Canal in all its glory. Romantic, nostalgic and no doubt slightly unrealistic even by 1920s standards, the scene panders to every tourist’s idea More...

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By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, June 14th, 2015
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Paris Kiss: the story of Rodin, Camille Claudel and Jessie Lipscombe

What do people usually do on their honeymoons? Before you answer, let me tell you what journalist Maggie Ritchie did; she found the inspiration for her first novel – and no, it wasn’t 50 Shades of anything. More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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James Runcie: my work is where death and comedy meet

James Runcie has just been stuck in the lift at Blackwell’s – ‘The calm preparation has gone’. Except of course it hasn’t; without missing a beat he launches into his funny, interesting, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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It’s Bookbug Week!

  BookBug Week was launched at Gorgie City Farm earlier today. Counting sheep for good bedtime reading, children from Murrayfield Nursery snuggle up with childrens’ author Debi Gliori, Bookbug and a More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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The Storm: Neil Broadfoot launches his new thriller

  The opening scene of Neil Broadfoot’s debut novel Falling Fast came to him fully formed. He was sitting doing his (then) day job at The Scotsman one day ‘thinking uncharitable More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015
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Edinburgh College student wins Floris Books prize

An Edinburgh College student has won the people’s choice award in a competition to design a children’s book cover for city publisher Floris Books. The Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize 2015 challenged More...

By Reader On Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Edinburgh man’s secret diaries reveal the hell of the Arctic Convoy

Recently discovered secret diaries kept by Leonard H Thomas have been transcribed and published by his daughter Leona Thomas. Leonard kept them while on the Russian Arctic Convoys in 1942 when he was on four convoys More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2015 – two Edinburgh winners

Edinburgh-based writer Lynsey May (32) and poet and playwright Michael Pedersen (30) have been named by Scottish Book Trust as two of four recipients of a 2015 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, involving a month-long More...

By Reader On Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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A Zimbabwean novel set in Edinburgh

Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu, has set his second novel in the city where he now lives. As the back cover informs us, ’The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician’ tells the story of three very different More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Blake to Breton

SURREAL ROOTS: FROM WILLIAM BLAKE TO ANDRÉ BRETON Rare copies of publications by revolutionary writers and artists William Blake, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade will go on show at Modern Two this spring, More...