A gripping read will chill you to the bones

Just five pages in, writer Helen Grant’s prose sets the heart racing. She depicts a claustrophobic’s worst nightmare, fromwhich point the reader is constantly on edge. Protagonist Fen Munro has moved to erthshire with her fiancé to escape London’s rat-race, only to find they are being watched by a figure dressed in lavender. Barr Dubh,…

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Sotheby’s head to Edinburgh for valuations on March 4

From jewellery, watches, wine and spirits, Sotheby’s finds and sells the world’s finest luxury objects to a global audience of collectors. Their specialists provide confidential estimates to determine a luxury object’s potential at auction, guiding clients through every step of the consignment and sale process. The market for signed and vintage jewellery, as well as…

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Van Gogh Alive to transform Festival Square

Van Gogh Alive, a multi-sensory celebration of one of the world’s most enduring artists, is coming to the capital next month. It opens in Edinburgh’s Festival Square on March 17 and runs until July 17. Created by Grande Experiences, the exhibition makes its long-awaited arrival in Scotland after dazzling over 8 million people in 75…

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Scottish Ballet planning to help mental health crisis

Scottish Ballet us to hold an event to examine how therapeutic dance can help young people look after their wellbeing in the face of a growing mental health crisis. The Moving Minds conference is being organised in partnership with the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). The immersive conference attendees’ which include healthcare professionals, arts…

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An exposive thriller that’s close to the bone

You just know when a book has been penned by a knowledgeable hand. Simon Conway’s own experiences as a former British Army officer (clearing landmines and successfully campaigning to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs) ooze from these pages. The conviction with which he writes of terrorism is bonechilling. MI6 are on a mission…

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A book that’s a pure and simple joy to read

Wordsmiths rejoice, Fifty Words For Snow is as simple and as brilliant as you might hope. Nancy Campbell, a poet, writer and Arctic traveller from the Borders, teaches us of snow in its many forms across the globe. Many of these words and phrases shall now be used at every given opportunity: ‘hagelslag’, meaning ‘hail…

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Stories of Scotland wanted for the Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced a new project gathering and creating stories from and for people across the country in response to Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. The year will spotlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Scotland’s Stories Now is a mass participatory project…

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Fictional work based on two real Scotswomen

What You Call Free is a piece of historical fiction. This novel is loosely based on the lives of two women, Helen Alexander and Jonet Gothskirk (who was forced to wear a ‘sackcloth’ or ‘gown of repentance’ as punishment for adultery during the period of the Covenanters). After falling pregnant, 18-year-old Jonet seeks refuge among…

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Nearly 200 years of experience put into a bottle

The GlenDronach is releasing two new limited editions with authentic craft at their core. The GlenDronach Distillery, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, is known for the exquisite selection of fine Spanish oak sherry casks in which their Highland Single Malts rest. Protected and nurtured over the years by the distillery’s dedicated warehouse team, each…

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Take the plunge at the Angus Tour’s best dooking spots

Angus locals are inviting like minded cold-water swimmers and dookers to enjoy some of the most beautiful salt and freshwater spots on The Angus Tour. The Angus Tour Dookers Facebook group has been created as a tool to plan meets, share tips and build a community for those keen to dook in Angus but unsure…

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