Celebrating Leith Library’s 90th Birthday

From bombs to visiting elephants, Leith Library has seen its fair share of events.

This month marks the 90th anniversary of the library opening and we celebrate the anniversary with a new exhibition on Capital Collections of photographs going back to 1932.

Leith Library, 1932

The exhibition features among many fascinating images, one of the original architect’s plan, dated from 1927. The library was badly damaged in an air raid in April 1941, but was restored and reopened in 1955.

Elephant visit, The Scotsmans Publications Ltd., 1976

Why not have a look at the Leith Library online exhibition and find out exactly why an elephant made a visit!

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

Libraries have always been a place where people could get the help and information that they needed. That is why we are so proud to be able to offer access to the  Macmillan@Edinburgh Library service which provides support for patients, their families and carers.

Finding out that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a difficult time and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Macmillan@Edinburgh Libraries have highly trained volunteers who will listen to your concerns and offer free, confidential support and information. As well as being good listeners they will provide you with leaflets to take away on all aspects of cancer and can help you access services such as counselling, transport to hospital and other support services.

Six of our libraries have Information Point stands with helpful leaflets that you can take away at any time. Most of these branches also have manned service times where can drop in to talk to one of our volunteers (these new times start from the 1st October)

Portobello Library Mondays 10.30am-2.30pm
Drumbrae Library Tuesday 10.30am-2.30pm
Leith Library  Wednesdays 10.30am-2.30pm
Craigmillar Library Thursdays 10.30am-2.30pm
Morningside Library Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm
Central Library Information Point only

For more information visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/macmillanlibraries or email macmillan.libraries@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8125

Macmillan Coffee Mornings – Friday 27th September

Join in with the world’s biggest coffee morning! Tomorrow people across the UK will be hosting coffee mornings at home, work or in the community, collecting donations for drinks and edible treats which are all given to Macmillan Cancer Support. And Edinburgh Libraries is no exception!

Newington Library will be hosting a coffee morning tomorrow from 11am until 1.30pm. There will be lots of homebaking available as well as some savoury items such as pakora and courgette and cheese muffins. They’ll have items available for vegans, vegetarians and lacto-intolerante as well as those with nut allergies!

Leith Library is joining in the fun too from 11-1pm and will have lots of tasy treats available for you to buy. Please pop in to Newington or Leith tomorrow and help support a good cause.

These along with the four other coffee mornings we’ve held this week also help to highlight the Macmillan Cancer Support services that you can access from many of our libraries. Look out for our forthcoming blogpost about this valuable service!

Leith Miscellany goes online – part 3

This blog post highlights items found in the last 5 volumes of the Leith Miscellany (volumes IX – XIII) – and there is a lot to cover!

There are images of various shops in Leith. One photo shows David Ford’s fruit and veg shop which was in the Kirkgate. Two female shopkeepers are captured standing proudly outside alongside their display of produce. In another, the Leith Walk Co-op state firmly “SCWS (Scottish Wholesale Co-Operative) Goods Are All Scottish Made”.

Ford’s shopfront – Kirkgate grocer

The Leith Hospital Pageant was held each June from the 1890s for many years to collect money for the hospital. Floats and employees representing many of the businesses in Leith took part. In the image below from around 1931, we can see Leith bakers leaving the Bakers’ Rooms in North Fort Street to join the Pageant.

Leith bakers

Trams and transport feature a lot in these five volumes. During World War One, Leith Corporation employed women as conductresses and drivers to replace men who had joined the armed services. You can view a picture of a group of wartime conductresses as well as tickets for a journey from Junction Bridge to Granton costing 1d.

Tramway Ticket Junction Bridge – Granton

The last batch of photographs are taken from various productions from the Leith Amateur Opera Company. These cards show the performers and costumes of the various productions including The Mikado.

Leith Amateur Opera Company – Mikado

We hope you have enjoyed looking at some of the material from the Leith Miscellany volumes. To see the items from all thirteen volumes visit Capital Collections.

To see more highlights from the collection catch up with the previous posts in this series:
Leith Miscellany part one, volumes I – IV
Leith Miscellany part two, volumes V – VIII

Leith Miscellany goes online – part 2

Continuing our short series of posts about the Leith Miscellany volumes, the next four volumes in the series (volumes V – VIII) again show various aspects of Leith and environs. We see images of Newhaven, featuring the Newhaven Fishwives’ Choir. Unfortunately, these are in black and white so we are unable to get the full impact of how they really looked, dressed in their traditional costume of striped coloured petticoats under a gathered skirt and brightly coloured tops with shawls over their heads and shoulders.

Newhaven Fishwives’ Choir

There are pictures of another Leith Harbour, this one in South Georgia in the south Atlantic. This was a whaling station run by Christian Salvesen Ltd between 1909-1965. Salvesen’s whaling ships brought the first penguins back and donated them to Edinburgh Zoo, which became the first zoo in the world to keep and breed penguins.

Leith Harbour, South Georgia

The photographs and newspaper cuttings in the thirteen volumes of Leith Miscellany were collected by the Reverend Dr James Scot Marshall.The depth of knowledge of the history of Leith earned Dr Marshall a reputation as the area’s historian. He completed his doctorate on the history of Leith and wrote histories of South Leith and Kirkgate Church, The Church in the Midst and The Story of North Leith Church.  Various churches in and around Leith also feature among this set. One grand looking church, Leith Kirkgate Church which was demolished in 1975, stood at the beginning of Henderson Street where South Leith Parish Church Halls stand now. We can also view various plans of South Leith Parish Church.

South Leith Parish Church

These volumes truly are eclectic, offering something for everyone. Did you know that Leith had its own Olympian back in 1920? Another picture here depicts Alec Ireland in true fighting pose, commemorating his silver medal win in the 7th Olympiad, which was held in Antwerp in 1920. He lost out on a gold medal by one point!

Alec Ireland (1903-1966)

Keeping with the sporting theme, there are several images of local football teams. Does anyone remember Leith Hawthorn, Leith Rosebery  or Leith Athletic football teams?

Leith Athletic football team, c1924

View all the volumes on Capital Collections and look out for the third and final installment previewing volumes IX – XIII.

Read more about the Leith Miscellany project in the other blog posts in this series:
Leith Miscellany part one, volumes I – IV
Leith Miscellany part three, volumes IX – XIII

Leith Miscellany goes online – part 1

We’ve recently undertaken a large project to digitise and make available online thirteen albums relating to Leith. We’ve named them the Leith Miscellany volumes I – XIII as the contents cover basically everything and anything to do with Leith. They provide an extraordinary and unique insight into the social history of the area.

Originally collected in shop-bought photograph albums, the sticky album pages and damp had caused minor damage to some of the contents, so as well as digitising the photographs, postcards, presscuttings and ephemera, we have remounted the items on archival cardboard and rehoused them in conservation boxes.

The Fish Quay, – looking up-river, c1830

This is the first in a series of three blog posts highlighting the material and covers volumes I – IV. Inside, you get a real feel of what it was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with photographs of cargo boats and steamers and images of the bustling port of Leith.

View in Leith Docks, c1865

There are photographs of streets in Leith that no longer exist. Adults and children caught in blurry images standing in cobbled streets with washing hanging above them. Bartenders stand proudly behind the bar of a local pub waiting for the next customer to come in. Outside the Custom House (image below), a large group of men have gathered. What are they doing – gambling, perhaps?.You find yourself wishing that you could just squeeze in among them to find out. Meanwhile people pass by, going about their own business.

Leith Custom House

In another image we see the many flat capped dockers on strike in 1913, with banners proclaiming, ‘We Are Out For A Living Wage’. The strike lasted from 26 June to 14 August. The dockers wanted an increase in pay (a penny per hour on the day rate), better conditions, a ban on hiring non-union workers and shorter hours. We get a glimpse of what working life was like in a busy shipbuilders, with a look in the Henry Robb shipwrights shop in 1921. We can see a dozen men going about their daily job of sawing and shaping wood, with piles of wood shavings at their feet.

Messrs Henry Robb Ltd, Shipwrights’ Shop at Albert Road

View the full albums on Capital Collections and look out for the next blog post in this series for more on this collection.

Read the second and third parts in this blog series about the Leith Miscellany project:
Leith Miscellany part two, volumes V – VIII
Leith Miscellany part three, volumes IX – XIII 

One Hundred Years of Beekeeping in Edinburgh

Varroa mites on a honey bee

This year beekeepers in Edinburgh are marking the Centenary of the Edinburgh Beekeepers Association. To celebrate, Edinburgh City Libraries are hosting an exhibition about Bees, Beekeeping and Edinburgh Beekeepers and will be running a series of talks and honey tasting sessions across the city from April until December. In addition, candle-making sessions will be available for children.

Although people in Edinburgh have kept bees for many years it was not until December 1918 that they came together to form the Edinburgh & District Beekeepers Association. Local Association meetings provided a time for discussion and learning, whether at the winter lectures or summer apiary outings.  In 1928, Edinburgh & District Beekeepers Association merged with the longer established Midlothian Beekeepers to form Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association (EMBA) which continues to thrive today. EMBA has almost 200 members who have between 1 and 30 colonies of bees. Overall in Scotland, there are about 3,000 hobby beekeepers.

John Moir, a founder member of the Edinburgh Beekeepers Association, was not only an enthusiastic beekeeper, but also a prestigious collector of books on the topic and his collection is now housed in Fountainbridge Library with the rare items being held in the National Library of Scotland.

A century ago there were more than a million hives in the UK – today there are about 100,000 non-commercial hives. But we need more if we are to stop the honey bee’s decline. Our native bees are more endangered now than 100 years ago. They face threats from bees imported from abroad, from parasitic mites, and potentially from Asian Hornets. Increased use of pesticides in agriculture and loss of habitat also threaten our bees.

EMBA Apiary

If you want to find out more about bees and beekeeping, and what we can do to encourage bees, then why not visit our exhibition which is currently in the foyer of Central Library, George IV Bridge. In May it will move to Blackhall Library then to Stockbridge, Newington, Leith, Currie, Colinton, Corstorphine or Drumbrae, and Portobello before returning to the Central Library in December. At each Library there will be talks, honey tasting and candle making sessions organised. Details will be available via each library.

For more information about EMBA and beekeeping locally visit www.edinburghbeekeepers.org.uk

EMBA is also affiliated to the Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA) which is the national honeybee and beekeeping charity for Scotland. Details can be found at www.scottishbeekeepers.org.uk







Gaelic songs and rhymes for under fives

Rannagan na chloinne: Seinn comhla rinn!

Sing with us at our Gaelic song and rhyme times for under fives at Blackhall and Leith Libraries.

The sessions take place at the following dates and times:

bookbug gaelic
Thursday 28th April, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 30th April, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 12th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 14th May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Saturday 21st May, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 26th May, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 4th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 9th June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library

Saturday 11th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 23rd June, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Leith Library

Saturday 25th June, 11.00 – 11.30 am: Leith Library

Thursday 7th july, 10.30 – 11.00 am: Blackhall Library


Author David Munro at Leith Library


Ex Granton schoolboy David Munro is coming to Leith Library to talk about his debut novel The Time Jigsaw and recently published sequel The Time Jigsaw Deliverance.

The books have a Scottish theme with some scenes in Leith.

David will talk about his path from business professional to published author.  He is now based in the west of Scotland and has done talks in a number of libraries in Glasgow and Ayrshire. For more information visit David’s web site

Leith Library, 28 Ferry Road

Wed 7 Oct 2:30 to 3:30pm

The talk is free but please book a seat by emailing leith.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 529 5517.

Refreshments will be provided.

“Wow… she’s posh!”

Some great moments in this short film of Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s visit to Leith Library to present our Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge winners with their medals. As you can see a great time was had by all, so much so some interviewees were lost for words!


Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve at Leith Library

Author Philip Reeve joined writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre at Leith Library on Friday.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

They were there to reward young readers who had successfully completed this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

As well as being responsible for awesome headwear, Sarah is also the artist behind the Mythical Maze characters you can see below. We all had lots of fun – thanks Sarah and Philip!

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at Leith Library

Lindsey Davis double bill!

Fans of ancient Rome-based crime fiction are in for a treat as ‘Falco’ creator Lindsey Davis join us for a double bill of Mayday events.

Lindsey has won a legion of admirers on both side of the Atlantic with her series charting the adventures of Marcus Didius Falco, the laid-back Roman ‘informer’ who investigates crimes and acts as an often reluctant imperial agent.

More recently Falco’s adopted daughter, troubled teenager turned feisty widow Flavia Albia, has come to the fore, as the protagonist in last year’s The Ides of April and this year’s Enemies at home.

Book now for our free Edinburgh Reads event with Lindsey at Central Library on Thursday 1st May from 7.00pm.

Earlier on that day Lindsey will be at Leith Library to talk about A Cruel Fate, her ‘Quick Reads’ novel based on real events during the English Civil War.

‘Quick Reads’ are short, easy to read books which are great for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. Lindsey is the latest big name author to be asked to contribute to the series.

If you’d like to find out more about this event, which starts at 10.30am, call 0131 529 5517.

How we celebrated World Book Night

Shall we count the ways? First, here’s the fearless Annie Bell handing out books to unsuspecting builders and bus passengers.

Meanwhile wannabe pirates were solving a series of clues in order to locate “treasure” (books!) at a mystery location somewhere in Leith.

Several libraries were lucky enough to host visits from authors including Allan Guthrie, Andrew Greig and Caroline Dunford. At Corstorphine Library readers got together to share and swap books and reading recommendations.

Finally, Central Library was packed for an evening event with Meaghan Delahunt, Lesley Glaister and Alexander McCall Smith. Here’s Lesley and Meaghan with chair Peggy Hughes.

And here’s Alexander McCall Smith, clearly having a splendid time. Thanks to Alexander and everyone else who helped make this World Book Night such a success. Roll on next year!

Wanted – creative teenagers

There’s something missing in the Teenage Zone at Leith Library…


…Teenagers! We’re looking for creative teenagers with a passion for communication, media and young adult fiction. Is that you?

We need your help to share what’s hot and what’s not in young adult fiction and we know the best people to tell the world about that is you (young people). We want to produce some brilliant podcasts, podcasts created for young people, by young people. Did we mention we need young people to make it happen?

If this is for you then read on. If not please don’t forget it, – pass it on to someone who might be just perfect, thanks!

What you can expect?

  • Four workshop sessions at Leith Library (1.5 hours each)
  • A tour of Sonic Lodge recording studio (opposite the library)
  • An opportunity to meet and interview a published author
  • Your opinions and ideas to be valued
  • Hot chocolate, cake and fruit at the start of every session

We’ll be working in the Teenage Zone at Leith Library. As you can see it includes two teenage computers, loads of young adult fiction books and a leather sofa. It’s your space and you’re welcome to use it anytime you want when the library is open.

What are we looking for?

  • Creativity, ideas, enthusiasm and a desire to learn
  • A passion for communication, media and young adult fiction

Note: Previous experience of recording and editing audio is not necessary

Who will you be working with?

libemOur Reader in Residence Emily Dodd will be running the workshops. Emily has eight years experience of writing and delivering workshops for young people. She first trained to edit audio with BBC radio and has produced multiple podcasts as a freelancer since then. Emily is a storyteller, poet and a screenwriter for CBeebies.

Are you ready to:

  • Attend all four workshops (and turn up on time)
  • Work in a small group (pairs or group of four)
  • Respect the views and ideas your team members have
  • Give honest feedback on this project (we need your help)
  • Be willing to read or listen to an audio book by the author you are interviewing (at least one person in the group needs to do this)
  • Help share the finished podcast

By the end of the project you will have:

  • The skills needed to plan, record, edit and share a podcast
  • Experience to put on your CV
  • Knowledge on where to go to learn more
  • The opportunity to come back and work with another group as a podcast mentor
  • The opportunity to contribute to the Leith Library blog as an Ambassador

The podcast you produce will be shared across Scotland via the Leith Library Blog, Edinburgh City of Literature, The Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh City Libraries Blog and through many other channels.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 22nd March. Good luck!

The countdown to Christmas continues…

Portobello Library’s Chatterbooks group for younger readers celebrated their last meeting of the year in their unique style. If you are the kind of person who enjoys dressing your pet up in festive attire there’s still time to enter Leith Library’s Festive Furballs competition. Entrants so far include a dead badger and an axolotl. Beat that!

Continue the yuletide pets theme maybe with a viewing of The Christmas Bunny or one of our other seasonal DVD picks.

Get rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the best in festive music from the absolutely enormous selection of Christmas sheet music available from the music library. There are seasonal CDs aplenty as well –  everything from indie hero Sufjan Stevens’ 5 disc box set of Christmas songs to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band’s Carols and Capers – a very up tempo English folk treatment full of boars heads, mummers and sweet mulled wine. Christmas Star by the Cambridge Singers and Orchestra is a fascinating mix of standards and more unusual songs from all over the world, or there are of course always the old favourites.

Alternatively you can of course retreat from it all and escape with the help of a good book. There’s an avalanche of ‘Best of..’ book lists around this time of year so we’re especially grateful to our chums at the Scottish Book trust who put together this very helpful Best of the ‘best of’ lists.

Finally, another reminder of when libraries are closed and open over the next couple of weeks. Merry Christmas everyone!

A library Christmas

Shakespeare in Edinburgh Central Library

You know the festive season is well and truly here when Shakespeare gets his Christmas on. Optimistic library staff have hung their stockings by the fireplace but I’m not convinced Santa will find a way to squeeze past the radiator.

Reference library fireplace

We’ve had scrumptious looking gingerbread decorating at Moredun….

And at Leith Library little Robbie got all dressed up for the Christmas Bookbug session. Cute enough for you?

Christmas Bookbug sesion at Leith Library

Not long to go now. Libraries will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and revert to the usual opening hours on the 27th. For new year it’s a 5pm close on Hogmanay then back to normal on Thursday 3rd January. Merry Christmas everyone!

Introducing Leith Library’s Reader in Residence

Welcome to Emily Dodd, Leith Library’s brand new Reader in Residence. Here Emily tells us a bit about herself and the work she’ll be doing.

My name is Emily Dodd and I’m working for the Scottish Book Trust 2.5 days as the Reader in Residence here in Leith Library.

The library is 80 years old and it’s a wonderful place, full of stories. The stories are in the books but also in the people here in Leith.

I’m here to help share the stories from inside the library.  I’ll be blogging about the events, projects and people. I’ll be taking pictures and recording audio but essentially I’ll be collecting and sharing stories via the Leith Library blog.

I hope to encourage people to get involved and get talking about libraries, books and reading. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to contribute.

I’ll also be training the staff here to blog so when I leave I know the blog will continue…

Podcasts With Teenagers

After Christmas I’ll be working with teenagers to make podcasts about the books they’re interested in.

They’ll be working together on all aspects of podcast production. They’ll develop the skills needed to produce their own podcasts. They will interview authors and review books. They can work towards SQA recognised qualifications, it’s a really exciting project!

The podcasts will be shared across Scotland and well as being shared on the Leith Library blog.

The Residency 

I started on the 24th September 2012 and my residency is one year. I’ll be working in the Library 2.5 days a week for 9 months and I’ll spend the last three months working on my own practice. That will be writing something, we’ll see what when the time comes.

I worked with Katie Swann at Leith Library to come up with a project proposal and we talked to local authors, agents, publishers, youth groups and Edinburgh City of Literature. Everyone was really supportive of this project.

We were invited for interview (hurrah!) and interviewed by a panel. Then we had to wait.  It’s was brilliant to hear our project was successful. Now we’re going to make it happen.

Five of us were appointed as Readers in Residence across Scotland,  you can read more about the five residencies on the Scottish Book Trust website. We don’t just sit around reading (although that would be great!), we’re all working on innovative approaches to reader development.

If you want to know a bit more about who I am, read about me on my personal blog here. Thanks to The Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland for funding this Residency.

Let’s celebrate Libraries

Here are just some of our events during October.  Check with your local library to find out what’s happening in your area.

1st-6th October
Detective for a Day & make your mark on the library.  Come along and pose your questions to Central Library staff
1st October
Meet the author Harry the Polis, Ratho Library, 6.30-7.30
4th October
Super Poetry Bash, workshops and open mic night on National Poetry Day, Portobello Library
Meet the Author of The Blue Suitcase, Marianne Wheelaghan, Ratho Library, 6.30-7.30
5th October
Superhero building for children aged 5-12yrs, McDonald Road Library
Zoolab for children aged 5-12 years at McDonald Road and Moredun Libraries
5th – 7th October
Portobello Book Festival.  Contact Portobello Library for more information
6th October
Zoolab for children aged 5-12 years at Granton and South Queensferry Libraries
Superhero Saturday: Super hero building for children aged 5-12 years at Moredun, Kirkliston, Ratho, Muirhouse Libraries
Super Saturday Music with live classical guitar and fiddle music at Morningside Library
Round the world stories with Fearghal McNicoll, for children aged 5-12 years at Leith Library
Central Library hosts a day of events including music from St Mary’s Music School, Drew Wright and Wounded Knee and Scottish music group Madeline Brand and Anne Gass.  The choir from Tollcross Primary School will perfom Gaelic songs and Queen Victoria will be dropping in for a drawing event
12th October
Zoolab for children aged 5-12 years at Ratho Library
13th October
Zoolab and superhero building for children aged 5-12 years at Portobello Library

What’s on: the secrets of healthy living, plus cake

How can chopsticks help your diet? Are all biscuits as bad as each other? And how do you motivate yourself to exercise as the nights draw in and the weather deteriorates?

Tracy Griffen, author of the Healthy Living Yearbook, is coming to Leith Library next Thursday at 6pm to give you lots of ideas about how to keep in tip-top shape over the colder months.

Bring and pen and paper so you can jot down some easy ways to eat healthily and enjoy exercising. A question and answer session and book signing will complete the evening. Call 0131 529 5517 or email leith.library@edinburgh.gov.uk to book a free place.

At the risk of sounding like total hypocrites, all manner of cakes will on sale at Newington Library on Friday 28th from 10.15am to 1.15pm as they take part in the world’s biggest coffee morning. Well if you come along to both events at least you know how to work it off – and it is for a good cause!

Finally, Stockbridge Library is hosting a creative business workshop and a poetry session, both on Thursday 20th September – although not at the same time (though that might be interesting). Full details, including how to book, on the Stockfest web site.

September’s talks and author visits

Richard Irving

The head gardener at Jupiter Artland talks about his work at the sculpture park. He has helped many of the artists install their pieces on site, including Charles Jencks’s landforms.

Wednesday 5th Spetember, 7 – 8pm, Blackhall Library
To book call 0131 529 5595 or email blackhall.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Sara Sheridan- ‘How to be a lady’ and ‘Brighton Belle’

Come hear Scottish Crime writer, Sara Sheridan, talking about her latest crime noir mystery ‘Brighton Belle’.  Author of the Secret Mandarin and Secret of the Sands, Sara’s also worked as a columnist and is an avid blogger.

Thursday 6th September, 6.30 – 7.30pm at Wester Hailes Library
Mon 10 September, 10.30-11.30am at Oxgangs Library
To book for Wester Hailes call 0131 529 5667 or email westerhailes.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
To book for Oxgangs call 0131 529 5549 or email oxgangs.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Ewan Morrison and Jenni Fagan

Contemporary Scottish writers Jenni Fagan (‘The Panopticon’) and Ewan Morrison (‘Close your Eyes’) talk about their latest books and the state of Scottish writing today, with Stuart Kelly, literary editor of the Scotsman.

Thurs 13 September, 6.30-7.45pm, Central Library
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Nothing but the Poem

Fancy a poetry chat? Come along to ‘Nothing But the Poem’: a relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems, hosted by Ryan Van Winkle, Edinburgh Libraries’ poet in residence. No jargon, no experience needed, nothing but the poem!

Thurs 20 September, 1-2pm, Stockbridge Library
To book: call 0131 529 5665 or email jill.marple@edinburgh.gov.uk 2 weeks before the event

Allan Dodds- The Exile Returns

Allan talks about his new book ’Laughin’ on the ither side o’ ma face’.  Vivid and vibrant tales of growing up in Canonmills throughout the 40s and 50s

Sat 22 September, 11-12pm, Stockbridge Library
To book: call 0131 529 5665 or email jill.marple@edinburgh.gov.uk 2 weeks before the event.

Tracy Griffen – Healthy Living in Leith

Tracy Griffen, Leith-based Personal Trainer and author of the ‘Healthy Living Yearbook’, gives you lots of ideas in keep in tip top shape over the colder months, in this lively and interactive talk.

Thurs 26 September, 6-7.30pm, Leith Library
To book: call 0131 529 5517 or email leith.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Stuart Campbell –‘Boswell’s Bus Pass’

Armed with a bus pass and supported by a relay team of equally eccentric and badly behaved companions Stuart Campbell follows the bus routes that Dr Johnson and Boswell would have used had they delayed their journey to the western isles of Scotland by 238 years.

Thurs 27 September, 2-3pm, Oxgangs Library
To book call 0131 529 5549 or email oxgangs.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Authors on film

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