Oxgangs Library have just launched a new book group aimed at parents with young babies. If you’ve been held back from attending a book group because of childcare arrangements then this book group could be exactly what you are looking for.
Come along to Oxgangs Library and meet like minded parents have a chat about books and reading. These friendly fun sessions will include short stories, poetry and short readings. There also be time to share books and rhymes with baby too.
Forthcoming sessions will take place on March 17 and 31, April 28 and May 12.
For more information email Carol Marr at Oxgangs Library or phone 0131 529 5546.
A collection of photographs by Hamish King is on display in the Art Library until March 31. The exhibition, which is titled Opening The Cage, takes its name from a poem by Scottish writer Edwin Morgan. Opening The Cage: 14 variations on 14 words, which is itself based on a quotation from the American composer John Cage: “I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry.”
Of the theme of the exhibition, Hamish King remarked: “Most photographers, most of the time, work on projects. They pick a subject or theme, and then set about the photography to produce a portfolio of pictures that illustrate or comment on the chosen topic. This exhibition is an attempt to make interesting photography without a subject, or to put it another way, to make visual poetry while having nothing to say. The photographs have no intended subject, theme, message, or narrative; there is no political, social or documentary purpose. The intention has simply been to create a set of pictures that are interesting purely because they show something amusing, unusual, striking or mysterious; or for their abstract, graphic qualities of colour, shape, tone and line; or for whatever metaphor they might contain.”
The exhibition will run in the Art Library, from Mar 4 -31.
Here’s a house, somewhere in Edinburgh.
Here’s the same building in 1901, with Charles Dalgleish and a rather splendid looking pooch.
This is one of the many “then and now” photos you can explore on the Our Town Stories site, which brings Edinburgh’s past to life in a unique way. You can fade between “then” and “now” to get some ghostly effects like the one below.
Visit Our Town Stories to see more.
On March 18th McDonald Road Library hosts a visit from a remarkable author.
Registered blind, Gordon Anthony found himself with time on his hands after retiring.
With the aid of special computer software, he returned to his hobby of writing. This was a wise move.
Gordon’s debut novel, “In the Shadow of the Wall”, was published in 2010 to critical acclaim, including a four star review in The Scotsman.
Gordon then ventured into crime fiction, and has attained a worldwide following for his “Constantine Investigates” series of spoof murder mysteries.
Book online to hear Gordon talk about his latest work and his experiences as a blind author.
Local poet Lorna Irvine recently led the Green Pencil Award 2013 winners in a writing workshop at Dynamic Earth.
The theme of the 2013 competition, which attracted over 800 entries, was Scotland’s Wonderful Weather?!
Twenty winners joined Lorna to create their own Rainforest Book, making a book painting their picture of a rainforest in words. The workshop was one of a number of Green Pencil Award prizes.
Look out for the title of this year’s competition which will be revealed before the summer holidays.
In our latest Edinburgh Reads video Annette Carruthers talks to Hil Williamson about her book The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland.
Annette discusses the history of the arts and crafts movement in Scotland from its early appearance in the 1860s to its heyday from 1890 to 1914, a time when Scotland’s art schools promoted new design and the Scottish Home Industries Association campaigned to revive rural crafts, shaping the look of domestic and ecclesiastical buildings, stained glass, furnishings, metalwork, and textiles.
In this interesting discussion Annette talks about her research and conception of the book, the social and political aspects of the movement in Scotland and the influence of art schools.
Read what The Scotsman had to say about the book and reserve a copy from the library.
On Friday 7th March Central Library hosts a book launch in association with our friends at Luath Press – and if you’d like to join us we have tickets available.
In Learning from the Lasses: Women of the Patrick Geddes Circle Walter Stephen and a bevy of Modern Geddesians investigate the women who had an influence on, or were influenced by, the Scottish thinker, Patrick Geddes.
Ranging from his mother to an Indian nun, his wife to a suffragette, this volume crosses the globe, highlighting the far-reaching influence of Geddes and the range of very different women who were linked to him in one way or another.
Starting out with his family in Scotland and giving a detailed insight into life in historic Edinburgh and the rest of the country, the text is of interest to anybody living in Scotland.
The ten ‘modern Geddesians’ who contribute to the book are Veronica Burbridge, Kate Henderson, Sofia Leonard, Kenneth MacLean, Robert Morris, Kenny Munro, Swami Narasimhananda, Sian Reynolds, Anne-Michelle Slater and Walter Stephen.