“was really quite radical . . .”

It is wonderful to read in the Herald that £100,000 has been set aside to keep Scotland’s auldest library going. I have visited Innerpeffray library with Sian and also with … Continue reading “was really quite radical . . .”

The Birnam Oak

My mother recently gave me her grandfather’s letter opener. It was made from the wood of an ancient Birnam oak. Wilfrid Lawson Gibson, my mother’s grandfather, was a Major in … Continue reading The Birnam Oak

Scotland’s oldest free library

As part of Doors Open Day we visited the old library of Inverpeffray on Sunday 23rd September 2018. This is my film. Music credit: Menagerie Choir – cover of “Wrapped … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest free library

“Losing yourself in reading”

I thought that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, offered lovely insights on what reading fiction means to her in this interview. I have selected a few passages that resonated … Continue reading “Losing yourself in reading”

The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours

The title of this post is taken from a piece of writing by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. I was reminded of it in reading a recent perspective of Dr Margaret McCartney: … Continue reading The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours

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