First Minister and Tina Brown at Beyond Borders

It is not an easy challenge for a politician to turn from answering questions to becoming the interrogator, but at Beyond Borders, the annual literary and political festival held at Traquair House at Innerleithen on Sunday, the First Minister of Scotland was full of surprises. Some months ago when she was in America, Nicola Sturgeon was interviewed More...

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By John Preece On Sunday, August 27th, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 13

….or, won’t be long before it is, just to start all over again for next year.  More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, August 26th, 2017
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Ian Rankin announces another Rebus novel

Even though we are still not sure if there is a panda cub on the way, the world keeps on turning and crime writer Ian Rankin confirmed that he is writing the next Rebus book. Ian Rankin in March 2017 announcing More...

By John Preece On Friday, August 25th, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 13

Briefest of brief visits to the EIBF as ‘La Boheme’ was on the call list. Unfortunately, intended target of the day, Jim Al-Khalili, fell foul of ‘The 13th’ and was unable to make his allotted More...

By John Preece On Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 10

Another assemblage of authors – some more willing than others. Take a bow Laura Albert – gave up a few minutes of their precious time to appear for the EIBF cameras  More...

By John Preece On Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 5

Rain stopped some of the play as the ‘photo booth’ was, temporarily, under shelter. Still, more of a flying visit today. The Lyceum was calling…..  More...

By John Preece On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 4

Another day, another set of photos…… Fewer Words…  More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Holiday reading suggestions from Blackwells

The perfect holiday read whatever your holiday destination is. If you have some suggestions then do tell us in the comments section below. The Architect’s Apprentice – Elif Shafak; Tells the story of More...

By John Preece On Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 1, For Real.

A fairly truncated visit for the first round of authors’ images as ‘Yo, Carmen’ was on the horizon. Our Glorious Leader has posted a lead-in article, so not many words are required here. Hopefully, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, June 30th, 2017
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Ian Rankin – on show at The Writers’ Museum

Although he is not so old Crime writer Ian Rankin  is now a museum piece.  At the Writers’ Museum on Lady Stair’s Close there is an exhibition of some of his personal items such as manuscripts More...