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Edinburgh International Book Festival a Grrrrr-eat and Monster start on their opening Saturday

Saturday saw the opening of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.   Some lucky children were fortunate enough to meet up with a certain grrrrruff friend!  That is Gruffalo a character invented for children to enjoy by Julia Donaldson.   Julia conjured up the idea of the Monster’s name to end in O so that it would …

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Sunday at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Image above is a fond memory of the 2017 Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square,.  A different world to the one of 2021.  A freer COVID19 free event, packed with live audiences and visitors to the gardens in the Square. All enjoying the sun and the atmosphere of the great literary celebs. This year they are …

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Stagecoach change bus timetables across Scotland tomorrow

Coronavirus (COVID-19) further update from Wed 1 April 2020  Following further government advice regarding non-essential travel to combat COVID-19, we’ve seen a further reduction in passengers using our services. Accordingly, we will make some further changes to the services we offer from Wednesday 1st April. We understand that travel on our services will still remain …

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Kirk Suspends Church Meetings – Corona Virus Covid 19

As we all know there is a guideline issued by the Scottish Government not to attend busy places and this applies to everyone. You will see from the guidelines that religious meetings are also included. Therefore, the Church of Scotland have issued advice to all local churches not to have regular church meetings and services …

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The Society Of Reluctant Dreamers

Images above/below kindly provided by the Edinburgh International Book Festival Dreaming.  I have a dream, Martin Luther King.  Below are just a few paragraphs of this great man’s dream (for the full text and audio see https://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm) I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, …

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Saturday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

 Selection of Highlights for Tomorrow: Saturday 24 August Photo of the Late Toni Morrison courtesy of Angela Radulescu [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] NEW EVENT:  Beloved:  A Tribute to Toni Morrison 8.30pm Scots Makar Jackie Kay leads this special memorial event marking the life and work of a true modern literary legend, alongside writers Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Nesrine …

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“I think I’m a better writer for not being angry” – Raja Shehadeh at Book Fest

Yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIDF): Image of Raja Courtesy of EIDF “I think I’m a better writer for not being angry,” said Raja Shehadeh, speaking yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with playwright David Greig.  The lawyer and writer was speaking about his memoir Going Home:   A Walk Through Fifty Years …

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Photo Feature: Saturday Sun shines on the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Saturday photo feature Crowds Galore attend the Book Festival despite a bit of rain.   It was if the sun was justing shining on Charlotte Square all day. Here you can see a young lady rushing to see join the queue       Red umbrellas in the garden area provide shelter from the sun and …

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Dr. Kathryn Mannix – “With the end in Mind”

Dr. Kathryn Mannix – entertained a packed and attentive audience. She was talking about her book ‘With the end in Mind’.  This can be bought from Amazon see… https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Mind-Dying-Wisdom-Denial/dp/0008210888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535405870&sr=8-1&keywords=with+end+in+mind No gloom, and no doom.   Particularly as the subject  was about an unmentionable word.  No! Not the three letter SEX.  Do I dare mention it …

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The Debatable Land by Graham Robb

The area was Location about 7 miles north of Canonbie were a track leads  to a large standing stone.  This standing stone  was the northern boundary of the Debatable land. Graham Robb in his talk pointed out the “Fact is often stranger than fiction and in 1551 it was no different.  The order was given that…” All …

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