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A Man’s Game

A Man’s Game

In Scotland, we write books with big moral purposes: Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Jekyll and Hyde, The House with the Green Shutters.  Edinburgh-based writer, Alan Ness, has pulled off an unusual literary coup. His first novel, A Man’s Game, succeeds in addressing huge ethical issues but […]

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What future for the school librarian?

What future for the school librarian?

Edinburgh Council has found itself in the middle of a major spat over proposals to reduce librarians in schools. The proposal is to rationalise library provision by moving secondary school library resources into public libraries, reduce the number of school librarians by 50% and subsume the school […]

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Nature’s Peace, a Celebration of Scotland’s Watershed

Nature’s Peace, a Celebration of Scotland’s Watershed

Scotland is traditionally divided into north and south, Highland and Lowland, but Peter Wright’s ambitious works, Ribbon of Wildness and Walking with Wildness offered another perspective, an east-west divide based on the watershed. From Carter Bar to Cape Wrath, the watershed creates a line dividing the waters flowing eastwards into the […]

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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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New Head of School appointed at Moray House

New Head of School appointed at Moray House

Dr Rowena Arshad, currently Head of Edinburgh University’s Institute for Education, Community and Society has been appointed by the University as Head of Moray House School of Education and took over that prestigious post on 1st April.

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Will I Ever Get to Minsk? by Jim C Wilson: review

Will I Ever Get to Minsk? by Jim C Wilson: review

Jim C Wilson’s new collection of poetry, Will I Ever Get to Minsk?(Happenstance, RPP £4.00) tackles issues of art, age and memory. Edinburgh-born Wilson, now resident in East Lothian, was Stirling Council’s writer in residence between 1989 and 1991.  Appointed as the Royal Literary Fund’s Writing Fellow at […]

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Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

Mitch Albom: The Time Keeper – a review

I came across Mitch Albom’s novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven some six years ago.  It was the first novel which I had picked up and read in one sitting for a long time.  That was a credit to the moral premises at its heart: […]

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The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

The Angel that Troubled the Water: exhibition – review

Linlithgow’s Line Gallery has opened its seventeenth Christmas exhibition, The Angel that Troubled the Waters, as teasing a title as ever might be imagined for a Christmas show. Perhaps, however, it refers simply to the several portrayals of angels – by Martin Williams, Marjorie Crooks and Hephzibah Kilbride […]

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Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Last week, at the Linlithgow Book Festival, the prizes for the 2012-2013 Young Writers Competition were presented by Scots Makar, Liz Lochead. 

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Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Linlithgow-based Peter Wright has launched his new book, Walking with Wildness (Luath, RPP £7.99), a guide to walking the Scottish watershed. He produced his first book, Ribbon of Wildness in which he explored the Scottish watershed, in 2010.  It was, for Scotland, a geographical experiment, a review of the topography, the […]

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