Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite

The rapturous applause that greeted Steven Osborne’s appearance at the first of the Edinburgh Festival’s Bank of Scotland Queen’s Hall concerts this year was as sincere as it comes. Not only is Steven making a name for himself in the rarified world of classical music, he is a local lad and a perennial favourite at the Festival. Continue reading Steven Osborne – A Festival Favourite

A Garden Fit for A Queen Mother

Horticulturists live with and (usually) love change and the latest change at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) sees the successful completion of a two-year £525,000 collaboration between The Queen Mother’s Memorial Fund for Scotland and RBGE, in association with architect Lachlan Stewart. The Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden is an evocative tribute featuring a Celtic labyrinth surrounded by four gardens containing plant species from the four corners of the world. Continue reading A Garden Fit for A Queen Mother

Good Weekend for Romance in Edinburgh

Often considered by those who know no better to be the “Cinderella” of writing, namely Romantic Fiction, the genre enjoyed a boost in its standing at events in Edinburgh over the weekend. Continue reading Good Weekend for Romance in Edinburgh

James Meek wins Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year

For the first time ever, the prestigious Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year winner was announced at a public session at this year’s Book Festival, chaired by Richard Holloway.
There were three contenders for the prize:Kathleen Jamie “Findings”, James Meek “The People’s Act of Love” and Ali Smith “The Accidental”.
Each of the contenders received a £2,000 cheque, but the outright winner was James Meek.

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Apollo in Tweeds – Barbara Hammond

Shy scholar Douglas Grey’s only worry is the imminent termination of the lease on his Edinburgh flat. Then, he overhears a reference to the mysterious Greek island of Sigandros. Expert in both Greek language and culture, he is persuaded by the attractive social butterfly Catherine to travel to the little known island to rescue her missing brother.

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