Philip Pullman discussion event in Dunfermline

Philip Pullman discussion event, Saturday 9 September, 2-3pm, Waterstones, Dunfermline – free event Waterstones, Dunfermline is hosting a Philip Pullman book group in early September as part of an exciting new arts festival.  The discussion will focus on Northern Lights, the first volume in ‘His Dark Materials’ series, which was made into a film called The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The official book store for the Festival is

Funny and from Falkirk: Alan Bissett at The Canmore, Dunfermline

Don’t mention the F-word … yes, he’s from Falkirk but the writer and performer, Alan Bissett, is very funny and is coming to The Canmore, Dunfermline on Saturday 9 September.  If you need a reason to come to his event,  check out the video (below) where he tells us why he’s a writer – it’s cut with a wry tour of the writer’s residence – his very unremarkable flat.  Currently

Outwith Festival: Tycoon and the Bard book launch

On Friday 8 September John Cairney launches his latest book The Tycoon and the Bard at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.  The well known Scots actor will read passages from the book and discuss with Carnegie International Fellow Angus Hogg how the world’s richest man Andrew Carnegie was inspired by Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns. The event, which starts at 6pm, will conclude with a glass of wine, a meet

Outwith Festival – new arts event for Dunfermline!

Four days, eleven venues and over fifty talented performers including acclaimed artists, writers, comedians and musicians: Avocado Sweet, along with Dunfermline Delivers, Fire Station Creative and Caroline Copeland, are very proud to be one of the founding partners of an exciting new cultural event coming to Dunfermline in September.  Outwith Festival will include a major new art work, a book launch, readings by authors and playwrights, cutting edge comedy and improvised theatre.

Dunfermline must be the place as Maggie O’Farrell comes to town

Great to see an author of the standing of Maggie O’Farrell in Dunfermline last Friday (3 June) to talk about her new book This Must be the Place. Northern Ireland born O’Farrell was charming and thoughtful as she addressed a packed upstairs room at The Bruery. Among the many interesting things she shared were that she stammered badly when she was younger, is an avid reader with Jane Eyre being

From Hill to Sea: Fife-based psychogeography collection has much to tell…

Did you know that Dunfermline is mentioned in Moby Dick, the town’s monks used to eat porpoise rolled into spiced balls and the King was partial to a bit of whale tongue? You do if you’ve read From Hill to Sea – Dispatches from the Fife Psychogeographical Collective. Recently published by Bread and Circuses, this is Limekilns psychogeographer Murdo Eason’s first book and it has rapidly gained an enthusiastic international

Adventures in Being Human: bestselling author appearing at Oakley Library

Bit of a coup for Oakley Library tomorrow, 17 March, when it hosts a talk by award winning, bestselling author Gavin Francis. Francis will be discussing his hugely successful Adventures in Human Being, recent winner of the Saltire Society Awards Non-Fiction Book of the year 2015 and described by Hilary Mantel as ‘A sober and beautiful book about the landscapes of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent.’ A Sunday Times Bestseller, the

From ducks to peacocks: new Dunfermline book inspired by Boston trip

Dunfermline author Caroline Copeland was much struck on a trip to America by the way a children’s book about the ducks in Boston Public Gardens is used to promote the city. Make Way for Ducklings is available at every bookshop and tourist attraction in the area and its characters have been immortalised in bronze (below). Caroline thought how much more beautiful Dunfermline’s famous peacocks and Glen were than their Boston counterparts

The Trouble with Women: Jacky Fleming explodes the exceptional women myth

Cartoonist Jacky Fleming’s very funny new book, The Trouble With Women, was originally going to be about exceptional women consigned to the ‘dustbin of history’. However the more she researched these women, filling eleven notebooks with their names, she discovered that brilliant, capable woman were far too numerous throughout the centuries to be described as exceptional. The book then became about they ways in which limitations have been placed around

Vogue covers ‘upscale’ wedding and it’s nuts

Here’s a great little commentary by Em Rusciano on a real wedding that was recently featured in Vogue. The article originally appeared in news.com.au:  “YOU know when you read something that is so utterly, stupendously ridiculous on so many levels, that you inevitably come full circle, and end up sitting in quiet admiration of its very existence? Vogue Weddings provided such an experience for me when they covered the wedding