Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender

I recently read Father and Son by the writer and poet  Edmund Gosse. This ‘memoir’ was written in 1907 and subtitled ‘a study of two temperaments.’ I was reminded of … Continue reading Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender

Elizabeth and Ada [two girls singing]

This elegant angel stands in Warriston cemetry, Edinburgh. It was raised to  remember two sisters: Elizabeth Charlotte Turnbull who died aged 15 months of Typoid Fever: Ada Isabella Turnbull who … Continue reading Elizabeth and Ada [two girls singing]

‘It is said that he had 3 years’ work in his studio’

Alexander Brodie was a most talented sculptor. He died 100 years before I was born. He is buried not far from my great-great-great grandfather in St Clement’s Churchyard, Footdee. This … Continue reading ‘It is said that he had 3 years’ work in his studio’

Theatrical Excitement in Edinburgh

The above is from the Book of Scottish Anecdote. I made this film about Scotland’s first theatre: The Book of Scottish Anecdote gives this account of the Theatre in Shakespeare … Continue reading Theatrical Excitement in Edinburgh