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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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Fish, Chips and Peas Squared, Calculus, Apache and Guitars

Every year I scan the Edinburgh International Book festival Programme for something different.  All the events are fantastic but I am looking for something that is extra special.  This year I spotted Music and Calculus.  David Acheson was promoting his book and during this session there were many examples of how calculus and maths is …

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