Scottish Book Trust Children’s Book shortlist announced

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce today that three Edinburgh-based authors Alexander McCall Smith, Gill Arbuthnot and William Sutcliffe have been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. Run by Scottish Book Trust with More...

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By Rosemary Kaye On Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Hugo Award for Edinburgh-Based Author

Congratulations today to sci-fi and fantasy author Charles Stross, who has just won a Hugo Award for his novella Equoid. The Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious prizes, voted on by members More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival – Stuart MacBride: brains, bad language and a skeleton called Bob

Chairpersons of some sessions at The Edinburgh International Book Festival are excellent (Stuart Kelly, Richard Holloway, I’m looking at you..), some are a little less impressive.  If his first few lines More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Scotland’s Castles: Rescued, Rebuilt and Reoccupied

Summer 1997: a family is driving down the A75 on its way home from a holiday.  At the side of the road is a sign, ‘Castle for Sale.’ How many of us, at that point, would have said ‘how lovely, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Anniversary edition of Scott’s Waverley

Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley: Newly adapted for the modern reader by Jenni Calder is being published 200 years after the original appearance of the first of the Waverley novels and the birth of the historical More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, July 6th, 2014
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The Rhesus Chart: Edinburgh author’s new novel

Charlie Stross is jet-lagged, or so he says.  No-one would know it; even after several long-haul flights this man is a powerhouse of energy (one does wonder what he’s like when he’s not tired…) More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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The Edinburgh Reporter chats to David Munro

David Munro was born and brought up in Granton. He had a successful career as a marketing professional and still does. But he is also now a published author. That seems to be the stuff of dreams, but in his case More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Story Time at John Lewis

L to R Josie Bednar, Isobel Knibbs, Nick Sharratt, Bo Bednar, Caleb Knibbs.   On Saturday, beloved children’s author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt – famed for bringing the Story of Tracy Beaker to life More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
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Over My Dead Body: local writer Hazel McHaffie introduces her latest novel

‘What if?’ is a question many novelists ask themselves – ‘What if that man across the street is a murderer?’, ‘What if that woman is having an affair?’ Hazel McHaffie had More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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The Physic Garden: an afternoon with Catherine Czerkawska

The Oxfam bookshop in Byres Road may seem an unlikely place to inspire a novel.  For Catherine Czerkawska, however, the discovery of a book about the lost gardens of Glasgow University did just that.  Living More...