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'The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop: A Grotesque Mystery of Fife' by Tom Hubbard. Review by Andrew Hook

Bullies in the mistAndrew HookScottishReview'The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop: A Grotesque Mystery of Fife' by Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard is a remarkable Scottish author. Best known perhaps as a poet, working in both English and Scots, he is also a distinguished scholar, critic, translator, and editor.He has written a range of biographical studies of Victorian authors, compiled [...]

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Morelle Smith reviews 'THE LUCKY CHARM OF MAJOR BESSOP' by Tom Hubbard

Review by Morelle SmithOnline Magazine: TEXTUALITIESThe Lucky Charm of Major Bessopby Tom HubbardGrace Note PublicationsSet in two times, the early 1960s and 2012, The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop is sometimes a straightforward narrative and sometimes told through the voices of different characters. The story revolves around Mauletoun House, a private school for boys, and the events which [...]

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Anent Hamish Henderson: Essays, Poems, Interviews edited by Eberhard Bort -REVIEW by Brian Taylor

 Excerpt of Brian Taylor in Scottish Affairs (forthcoming):Various writers explore, in depth, Hamish Henderson’s quite remarkable, sustained contribution to the folk revival in Scotland. They examine American and European influences, the role played by the travelling people, the salience of the North-east, the importance of the collections made by writers such as Burns and Scott. [...]

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Donald Smith's review 'Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival' published in Scottish Affairs, vol.24, no.2, 2015, pp.247-249.

Donald Smith's review 'Hamish Henderson and the Scottish Folk Revival' was published in Scottish Affairs, vol.24, no.2, 2015, pp.247-249.Eberhard Bort (ed.), ‘Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival, Ochtertyre: Grace Note Publications, 2011, 237 pp, pb, £9.95, ISBN: 978-1-907676-10-9.Eberhard Bort (ed.), At Hame Wi Freedom: Essays on Hamish Henderson and the [...]

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Books: Postcairds fae Woodwick Mill by William Hershaw - Review by Irene Brown

Books: Postcairds fae Woodwick Mill by William HershawReview by Irene Brown - Posted on12 June 2015EdinburghGuide.comThe Sheafy is the part of Woodwick Mill in Orkney where poet Willie Hershaw retreats and reflects. As a man who is self- confessedly averse to leaving his hame toun of Lochgelly, he manages to find a welcoming comfort there. [...]

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Jerome-Just One More Song by Margaret Bennett - review by Ben Schwartz

“The [harp seal] pelt was laid aside to be sold, and then every part of it was butchered for meat.”In Margaret Bennett’s Jerome-Just One More Song the most valuable part, the pelt, is the CD of 24 songs and one story, but the book puts the meat on. No part is wasted. Savour it all. The singer is [...]

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Nell Hannah: Aye Singing an Spinning Yarns by Margaret Bennett and Doris Rougvie review by Donald Smith

Aye Singin an Spinnin Yarns is a distillation of the life and crack of Nell Hannah who was brought up in Turriff but spent much of her working life at the Stanley Mill in Perthshire. Nell is in conversation with Margaret Bennett and Doris Rougvie as she maintains an invincible love of life through hardwork and some times hardship. A big-hearted and humorous lady!Book Blethers [...]

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​The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop by Tom Hubbard - review by Morelle Smith

The Lucky Charm of Major Bessopby Tom HubbardReview by Morelle Smith @ TextualitiesGrace Note PublicationsSet in two times, the early 1960s and 2012, Tom Hubbard’s The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop is sometimes a straightforward narrative and sometimes told through the voices of different characters. The story revolves around Mauletoun House, a private school for [...]

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Launch Book - Inverness Mod: Eilean Uaine Thiriodh: Beatha, Òrain agus Ceòl Ethel NicChaluim By Margaret Bennett

Book Launch Eilean Uaine Thiriodh: Beatha, Òrain agus Ceòl Ethel NicChaluim by Margaret BennettVenue: Taigh-Osta Waterside, Inbhir NisWaterside Hotel on Ness Walk, InvernessTime: at 5.00pm for 5.30pm Wednesday 15 October 2014Ethel NicChaluimAnn an 1942 chaidh Ethel NicChaluim a ghluasad à taigh dhilleachdan ann an Glaschu a dh’Eilean Thiriodh far an do dh’fhàs i fileanta sa [...]

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Book Review: The Annals of the Holyrood Parish: A Decade of Devolution 2004-2014 by Eberhard (Paddy) Bort

Herald Scotland,  Thursday 11 September 2014 Ten books about… the independence referendum BY ALAN TAYLOR & ROSEMARY GORING The Annals of the 2004-2014 Holyrood Parish, by Eberhard Bort'The stuff from which anoraks are made, this lucid year by year account of the happenings in Holyrood is oddly rivetting, though not a patch on the original Annals, by John Galt.' The [...]

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