Julia Donaldson & Catherine Rayner: Performing Picture Books

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 launched on Saturday and we were very lucky to be there for the first show of this year’s children’s programme, a collaboration between the inimitable Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner, who is the illustrator of Julia’s most recently released book, The Go-Away Bird. It […]

Joyce staging

Review: Joyce

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Joyce is a show suitable for all ages. It incorporates puppetry, music and live magic, all of which is performed very well by an obviously talented cast. We first meet puppet Joyce with her head in a book – Adam’s book of adventures. Then Dad comes in, loudly conducting a […]

Book review: The Woman Who Rode A Shark

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The Woman Who Rode A Shark is a beautiful new children’s book by Scottish author Ailsa Ross. Ailsa happens to be my cousin. We have the same birthday and we both have law degrees from Edinburgh University but the similarity ends there. I followed a thoroughly conventional path after graduating, […]


What’s In a Name?

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How do you decide on a baby name? With the lovely news of the new royal arrival this week, we got to thinking about baby names.  Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Meghan and Harry have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie meaning “genuine”, “brave” or “bold”; Harrison meaning “son of Harry”; and Mountbatten-Windsor meaning that he’s […]

Edinburgh’s Eco Shopping Revolution

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Edinburgh has seen an explosion of eco food shopping options in the past few months with most sides of the city now catered for by a bring-your-own-container type packaging-free grocery shop. This is undoubtedly a good news story, despite it having been borne out of the bad news that our […]