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Archive for March 2010

Return to Denthan – Book 3 of the Denthan Series

March 30, 2010

Rock and Roll

March 27, 2010

Dumbarton Castle, the prison of William Wallace and the home of the Britons for many years before that, was resplendent today. There are many legends about the place, one of which is that the Ark of the Covenant lies hidden in the rock. I’ll get a closer look tonight as we attend the Dumbarton F.C. grounds […]

Kate Humble and Sam Wilding

March 24, 2010

Kate Humble and children’s author, Sam Wilding.

Today’s Young at Heart…

March 20, 2010

It all started with a the search for the historic Hawick Library building built by Andrew Carnaigie. Parking sorted, I got myself ready and chatted to event organiser, Cameron McAulay. As usual the kids were fantastic and asked some brilliant questions. They also came up with some great ideas and suggestions for their own stories. – “I […]

Pure Wool by Gregor Addison

March 13, 2010

This is a really great book for kids, 12 plus, I would say. It examines harsh topics like ethnic cleansing and racism in the form of a modern fable. A well written book, it features the clash between the white-face sheep and the black-face sheep. It succeeds, in my opinion, on many levels and would make an […]

The journey back from Uist

March 13, 2010

Going Home Hardly on the same level, but I now know how Palin feels when a ferry doesn’t turn up or a plane is missed. My plans are foiled and I will have to travel home via Uig and Eilean Donan castle. After the full Monty at the Polochar Inn, I say my goodbyes and head north to Lochmaddy. […]

The Uist Wolf

March 9, 2010

The sound makes my blood freeze and I hesitate. Should I carry on or divert back to the beach? The barking intensifies and I catch a glimpse of the beast.

W H Smith Workshop

March 9, 2010

I get ready for the rush. And… Yes… It actually comes. Children and parents pour into the shop to buy books and get them signed. W H Smith put up a fantastic display and also donate over £100 of free prizes.

Tomatoes and Dumpling

March 6, 2010

Okay, so it’s now well and truly the weekend. I’ve not done the chores I’ve promised yet, and I need to spend some time outside. It’s a crisp,sunny,fresh, afternoon and I’ve already finished 2 paper rounds and made everyone breakfast. I suggest a walk in the air, but soon realise we’ll have to drive to […]

Dumfries Libraries

March 6, 2010

I’m looking forward to some really great library visits with the help of Christine and the Scottish Book Trust.  I get organised and greet some 50 kids plus teachers and librarians. The Imagination session goes well with an array of fantastic questions at the end. Their drawings were tops and they behaved so well. You get […]