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NEWS AND COMMENT
2013
1 DEC 13The People's Book Prize The Last Burrah Sahibs
Max Scratchmann's book about his childhood in India and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), The Last Burrah Sahibs, features among the nonfiction contenders for The People's Book Prize.
DEC 13Life and WorkThe Magic of Words

There is a review of James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words in Life and Work.

'His books always brighten the greyest of days ... an impish sense of humour ... tempered with an element of seriousness ... a welcome stocking-filler for the many fans of his writing and work.'
27 NOV 13The GoodBookStallThe Magic of Words

James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words was reviewed on The GoodBookStall

'There are plenty of amusing anecdotes ... He keeps you turning the pages, and stops while you still have the appetite for a few more. James Simpson fans will be very disappointed if their Christmas stocking doesn't contain a copy.'
21 NOV 13Press and JournalThe Magic of Words

Ron Ferguson wrote an article about James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words in the Press and Journal, paying tribute to Dr Simpson's grand-daughter Sally.

'He has a great fund of stories. In fact, he has written several books of humorous tales and quotations ... The books are laugh-out-loud funny ... As well as finding amusing words, Jim Simpson addresses serious topics with compassion and insight.'
17 NOV 13Bankfoot Church CentreThe Magic of Words

There was a launch event for James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words. The speakers were the Right Rev. Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly, and the Very Rev. Dr. Sandy Macdonald.
15 NOV 13Perthshire AdvertiserThe Magic of Words

There was a feature on James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words in the Perthshire Advertiser.

'He's up there with the Rev I.M. Jolly in the mirth-making stakes ... Like his previous books, this one is a delightful and thought-provoking blend of seriousness and humour.'
15 NOV 13Northern TimesThe Magic of Words

There was a review of James A. Simpson's new book The Magic of Words in the Northern Times.

'Thought-provoking kernels are there in anecdote after anecdote ... Based on a wealth of stories, reading and research with a deft touch in the writing, this is a book which, once read, will be dipped into again and again.'
8 NOV 13Writing the NorthCollected Poems
Simon Hall reviewed Robert Rendall's Collected Poems on the Writing the North website.
1 NOV 13St Andrews CitizenLargo's Untold Stories and The Weem Witch
The St Andrews Citizen ran two features on Leonard Low -- one about his books Largo's Untold Stories and The Weem Witch and one about his school visits to talk to pupils.
15 OCT 13 Crazy Love
Victoria Mosley, author of Crazy Love, has recently published six novels as ebooks: The Red Dragon Bed, Tallulah Thursday, The Nowhere Girl, The House on Sydenham Hill, The Angel Papers and Angel's Wharf. Check out her amazon author's page for details: Victoria Mosley.
21 SEP 13The Weekly News
Glasgow
Largo's Untold Stories and The Weem Witch

There was a two-page spread in The Weekly News on Leonard Low's recent book, Largo's Untold Stories, that also mentioned his previous book, The Weem Witch.

'Largo's Untold Stories reveals some hair-raising stories from what seems like an idyllic village on Fife's bucket 'n' spade coast.'
9, 16, 23 AUG 13Fiddlers Elbow
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
On these three dates author Max Scratchmann put on a one-person show at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh, based on his lively book set in the Indian subcontinent, The Last Burrah Sahibs.
19 AUG 13Serenity Cafe
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
An extra show from Max Scratchmann at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh, based on The Last Burrah Sahibs.
17 AUG 13The Courier and AdvertiserLargo's Untold Stories
The Courier and Advertiser ran a feature on Leonard Low's new book, Largo's Untold Stories.
12 AUG 13Blind Poets Mega
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
Max Scratchmann, author of The Last Burrah Sahibs, took part in the Blind Poets Mega Poetry Night.
9 AUG 13East Coast FMThe Last Burrah Sahibs
Max Scratchmann, author of The Last Burrah Sahibs, was interviewed on East Coast FM radio.
26 JUL 13Waterstones
St Andrews
Largo's Untold Stories
Author Leonard Low signed copies of his new book, Largo's Untold Stories, at the St Andrews branch of Waterstones.
25 JUL 13
East Fife MailLargo's Untold Stories
The East Fife Mail ran a feature on Leonard Low's new book, Largo's Untold Stories.

'In Largo's Untold Stories, which has taken two years to write, he explores the darker side of the popular East Coast village ... not only can readers marvel at the fascinating history of such an unassuming part of the east coast, the book also details two important facial reconstructions of people who lived in the area in times gone by.'
11 JULY 13Craigmillar Community Arts
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
Author Max Scratchmann put on a one-person show at the Craigmillar Festival, sharing memories of his 1960s childhood in India, as featured in his vivid and amusing book, The Last Burrah Sahibs.
3 JULY 13Fleeman ProductionsBlown Seed
To mark the centenary of David Toulmin's birth, Fleeman Productions mounted a tour in Northeast Scotland of Charles Barron's theatrical version of Toulmin's novel Blown Seed.

Blown Seed is directed by Brian McDonald and features:
Lara-Jo Taylor and Yvonne Morton, with the men in their lives being played by Scott Jamieson, Scott Neish and Scott Armstrong, as the passionate tinker Meldrum Spark.
The cast also includes: Julie Hutton, Karen Young, Brad Morrison, Austin Robb and Craig Pike.

The second part of the tour was from 3 July to 6 July.
16 MAY 13Fleeman ProductionsBlown Seed
To mark the centenary of David Toulmin's birth, Fleeman Productions have been mounting a tour in Northeast Scotland of Charles Barron's theatrical version of Toulmin's novel Blown Seed.

The first part of the tour was from 16 May to 24 May.
6 MAY 13Poison Pixie PublishingThe Last Burrah Sahibs
Max Scratchmann, author of The Last Burrah Sahibs, has written a prequel that is available as an ebook and the Kindle edition (Scotland for Beginners) was free for one week.
13 APR 13Orkney Book Festival
Orkney Library and Archive
Collected Poems

Brian Murray presented readings from Robert Rendall's Collected Poems at the Orkney Book Festival.
2 APR 13Scottish SunThe Weem Witch
The Scottish Sun ran a 2-page feature on Leonard Low, author of The Weem Witch.
APR 13The Scots MagazineThe Last Burrah Sahibs
Ian Smith reviewed Max Scratchmann's book The Last Burrah Sahibs in The Scots Magazine.

'Three years of magical, colour-filled childhood ... Max Scratchmann takes us from the grey-faced Dundee of his early years to life amid the scorching, bustling streets of politically nervous Chittagong in the years preceding the country's [Bangladesh's] independence ... tells his story and introduces his characters with the easy style of a practised humorist ... warm and witty recollections'
MAR 13Soap Box
The Pleasance
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
Local author Max Scratchmann took part in a poetry reading at Edinburgh's Soap Box.
4 MAR 13Newport Library
Fife
The Last Burrah Sahibs
Author Max Scratchmann shared memories of his 1960s childhood in India, as featured in his travel memoir The Last Burrah Sahibs.
23 FEB 13The ScotsmanCollected Poems
One of Robert Rendall's poems was used in The Scotsman as poem of the week.
11 FEB 13The CourierThe Last Burrah Sahibs
Max Scratchmann's book The Last Burrah Sahibs was featured in The Courier. Max was interviewed by Helen Brown about his book, which she described as:

'A look through the eyes of a small boy at a disappearing world ... His tales of a childhood spent in an exotic culture show a vibrant, interesting and cosmopolitan world that was still strongly linked to "home" -- Scotland and Dundee were always home, even if, to a young boy on the cusp of adulthood, they didn't always seem like it. Funny, personal and moving, it's an elegy to a lost past but one that also helped to shape the Max of the future'
11 FEB 13Fountainbridge Library
Edinburgh
The Last Burrah Sahibs
Local author Max Scratchmann shared memories of his 1960s childhood in India, as featured in his travel memoir The Last Burrah Sahibs.