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Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report on the continuing gaps between the educational attainment of our poorest and richest children has emerged at the same time as the Scottish launch of Living on the Edge, John Smyth’s and Terry Wrigley’s critique of poverty, class and schooling (publisher: Peter […]

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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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Dealing with impossible dilemmas

Dealing with impossible dilemmas

Leadership is a much-lauded educational trait. Former headteacher at Crieff, McLaren High and Lornshill, and a driving force behind the Scottish Qualification for Headship, Danny Murphy, has thoroughly credible leadership credentials.

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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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Witness of our damaged souls

Witness of our damaged souls

Glen Lyon Kenneth Steven Birlinn, £7.99 The first novel by poet, translator, short story writer and children’s author, Kenneth Steven opens ambiguously.   Somerled Stewart arrives in an isolated Highland glen, fashions a primitive shelter, and ultimately a farm, with an axe, his one possession.   No land-owner seems to […]

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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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After Flodden – by Rosemary Goring: review

After Flodden – by Rosemary Goring: review

FEW events have had such a debilitating impact on Scotland as Flodden. The debacle in 1513 reversed the process started by Bannockburn and may, along with the Reformation, have made the Unions, of 1603 and 1707, inevitable. Four centuries later, a novel based on that military catastrophe […]

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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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