Literature

The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump

Anyone that’s not been living under a rock for the past year will be aware that the White House is currently occupied by a man we’ve been assured is a ‘very stable genius’. Known for his impressively high IQ, and his impressively...

Keara Murphy: The Bard and I

25 January has long since marked the day when the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns is celebrated. Whilst Keara Murphy’s ‘The Bard and I’ participated in this tradition, it also used less frequently discussed aspects of his...

Cafe Voices: Midlothian Tales

Storytelling events can be a bit hit and miss and this one was definitely not a hit. The evening, overall, suffered from a general lack of flow or structure. Though I was clearly not the target audience, it wasn’t entirely clear who was. When we...

Tam O’Shanter: Telling the Big Tale

Just in time for Burn’s Night, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop run by Donald Smith, exploring the dramatic mastery of the Bard’s seminal work: Tam o’Shanter. Those attending had a myriad of interests in Burns; some had experience...

The Diary of Archie the Alpaca

Although it’s just past the festive season, The Diary of Archie the Alpaca is the perfect giftable pocket book for starting the New Year. The petite ‘diary’, spanning January to December from the perspective of an amusing alpaca and his two...

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days

Aside from the uninspiring cover, The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin lives up to its title in recounting the most unordinary tale in a truly beguiling fashion. Opening on day one of our elderly protagonist arriving in...

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