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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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Photographs by Siljes Elizabet Thorin: review

Photographs by Siljes Elizabet Thorin: review

The Line Gallery in Linlithgow is briefly exhibiting the photography of one of its owners, Elisabet Thorin.  The exhibition, running until 20 November, has recently returned from Da Gadderie in Lerwick where it was part of the Lines of Connection exhibition. Many of the photographs were shot […]

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Two contradictory truths

Two contradictory truths

A fortnight ago I cautioned against assuming that attainment statistics are the best measure of educational success.  Attainment statistics are questionable and can be manipulated.

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Power of the pen

Power of the pen

I recently had an opportunity to view literacy from a new perspective.

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How my friend Alistair Darling and I went our separate ways

How my friend Alistair  Darling and I went  our separate ways

Alistair Darling spoke recently at the Linlithgow Book Festival about ‘Back from the Brink’ (Atlantic Books, £19.99), his account of the banking crisis and its consequences.

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Social Justice Re-examined: review

Social Justice Re-examined: review

Despite our most treasured myths, Scotland remains a profoundly unequal society. Income inequality is rising, child poverty remains intractably stuck.

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Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of WW1

Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of WW1

Two years before the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 War, Edinburgh’s Central Library on George IV Bridge has newly opened an exhibition and a series of talks on Edinburgh’s War: Recollections of World War I.  The exhibition runs until 16 January 2013.

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Raising attainment

Raising attainment

An MSP recently challenged me on how to raise attainment in Scotland’s poorest urban schools. My first defensive response was, beware the statistics. The recent work of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland on Principal Component Analysis poses major questions about the “under-performance” hitherto assumed […]

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Alexander McCall Smith: Trains and Lovers

Alexander McCall Smith: Trains and Lovers

Alexander McCall Smith, famous for Mma Ramotswe, 44 Scotland Street and Isabel Dalhousie, introduced his new novel, Trains and Lovers (Polygon, RPP £9.99) at the Linlithgow Book Festival.  There is an enormously warm and engaging aspect to Sandy McCall Smith and his audience at Linlithgow hung on […]

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