Barbara beats the weather on a trip to the central belt to share her love of books with school children
'My storyteller’s heart was smitten all over again...'
'Think of your bookcase as a wine cellar...'
The instruction ‘Buy presents’ ... is partially crossed out and now reads ‘Be present’
Quiet, candle-burning, reflective advent ... it’s a countdown and a wind-down at the same time
Now is the time for curling up by the fire ...
Brora Golf Club's David Joel doubled up on triumphs at the latest North Winter Golf Alliance fixture in Invergordon.
Events include talks on Scottish witchcraft trials, a writers' surgery and a battle of the books
'Those who truly succeed in the creative industries are proactive go-getters who make their own luck'
'Support local bookshops, authors and publishers if you can – your choices make a difference ...'
'It is all too easy to be ... despondent that the world is not as it should be. But in small ways, we can address some of it ...'
Book joy – Edinburgh International Book Festival is on! Plus new book round-up
AS I write, I am sitting in a guesthouse in Dumfries, ready for weekend events at Caerlaverock Castle where one of my books is set.
I like to read a book set in the place I’m visiting.For me, it enhances the experience ...
'I was putting down a marker: I was serious about writing, and about getting published'
'Subtitled ‘A Memoir Of Spiritual Trauma Survived’ John Dempster writes eloquently about growing up in evangelical circles'
A One Town, One Book campaign is encouraging the town of Dingwall to read Wah! over the summer – why not join in?
The challenge is filming the flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie ...
'The recent lockdowns have resulted in a significant increase in domestic violence...'
'I conducted all the meetings I had scheduled, virtually, from another country'