Alex Wood

Alex Wood has had a varied career in education. He started as an English teacher at Edinburgh’s Craigroyston High School in 1973 and completed his school-based work as Head Teacher at Wester Hailes Education Centre in 2011. In between he worked in community education, was a Learning Support teacher, headed a behaviour support unit, was Head of a special school and worked in Edinburgh’s Education headquarters. He is a member of the Education Committee of St George’s School. Alex is now an Associate at the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration (SCSSA) at Moray House and is Secretary of the Scottish Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (SELMAS) as well as being a free-lance writer. His experience however ranges well beyond the worlds of schools and education. For seven years in the 1980s he was an elected member of Edinburgh District Council and he retains a keen interest in the political world. He has a long involvement in genealogy and family history, as a researcher, teacher and writer. He is a member of Edinburgh Common Purpose’s Advisory Group and of the committee of Linlithgow Book Festival. Although he has lived in Linlithgow for over 20 years, and in Edinburgh for the previous 18 years, he remains a loyal fan of his home town football club, Brechin City.
Articles by Alex Wood:

Will I Ever Get to Minsk?

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.

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom: 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: all lives are precious and potentially connected, our seemingly insignificant acts can have great and unforeseen consequences and love is never lost or wasted.

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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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Wright’s Walking with Wildness: review

Linlithgow-based Peter Wright has launched his new book, Walking with Wildness (Luath, RPP £7.99), a guide to walking the Scottish watershed.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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 his every word as he proffered excerpts and details from a work which, from his pen, is unique in that, by its very structure, it is a one-off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cockleroy and the Scottish Korean War Memorial

West Lothian is too often dismissed as shale bings and industrial waste but its rolling, verdant countryside offers wonderful walking opportunities, nowhere more so than in the Beecraigs Country Park and the surrounding parts of the Bathgate Hills.

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