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Can you feed their hunger?

Can you feed their hunger?

One of the joys of being semi-retired is the time for other activities. Since retiring I have helped co-ordinate the annual book festival in our town. One task delegated to me as a former English teacher was organising the festival’s Young Writers’ Competition. After a first sift of the […]

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Linlithgow Book Festival

Linlithgow Book Festival

The Linlithgow Book Festival for 2013 promises once again to bring a range of superb Scottish writers to town to discuss their work and engage with readers.  The Book Festival is sponsored by local companies Palimpsest Publishers, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Book Sanctuary, The Line […]

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The North End of the Possible by Andrew Philip: review

The North End of the Possible by Andrew Philip: review

Linlithgow-based poet, Andrew Philip, was much praised for his first collection, ‘The Ambulance Box’.  His second collection, ‘The North End of the Possible’, (Salt, £12.99 RRP) is a powerful volume of verse which subtly shakes any residual complacency from the reader. 

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Cockleroy and the Scottish Korean War Memorial

Cockleroy and the Scottish Korean War Memorial

West Lothian is too often dismissed as shale bings and industrial waste but its rolling, verdant countryside offers wonderful walking opportunities, nowhere more so than in the Beecraigs Country Park and the surrounding parts of the Bathgate Hills. A great start to exploring this piece of countryside […]

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The simple symbols of unionism are disintegrating

As every Black Bitch knows, the first Tuesday after the second Thursday in June is Linlithgow’s Marches. The 19th of June 2012 was a splendid Marches Day. The sun shone, the bands played. My wife and I saw the morning parades on our way to Glasgow to […]

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Death of a Chief by Douglas Watt: review

Douglas Watt lives in Linlithgow with his wife Julie and their three children. He is the author of The Price of Scotland: Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations“, a history of the Darien Disaster and Parliamentary Union between Scotland and England as well as a published […]

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Talented young essayists have their say

Talented young essayists have their say   Who will be the Ian Banks, the Liz Lockhead or the Janice Galloway of 2032? Are any of tomorrow’s top novelists honing their writing skills in West Lothian schools today? And if they are, how best can they be encouraged […]

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