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Written on Apr, 02, 2017 by in

Since summer 2016 I have been working on the Saughton Park Restoration Project, as a project worker with the Living Memory Association. As part of the multi-million pound restoration project (which you can read more about here), the social history is being explored and documented. Volunteers have been researching the park’s long and fascinating history, recording people’s memories and collecting …

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Written on Mar, 14, 2017 by in ,

Most Wednesdays I run a writing group called Shut Up and Write! It’s exactly as the title suggests; we meet and write in silence for one hour. Except it’s not totally silent, since we meet in a busy coffee shop where there’s background chat and music, but I usually find it easier to relax and be productive in a buzzy environment …

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Written on Apr, 22, 2016 by in ,

I produce publications for charities – either on a specific subject, or with a wider scope, for example celebrating an anniversary year. In summer 2016 I designed and edited a booklet about memories of Gala Days in West Lothian, for the Living Memory Association and West Lothian Council. I recently produced a 30-page book for charity North Edinburgh Dementia Care, …

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Written on Dec, 20, 2015 by in

Freelancing. Oh it’s good to work to your own schedule and not be chained to an office desk. But sometimes loneliness/cabin fever creep in and I find myself craving colleagues and conversation. Not long after I started freelancing I realised I needed a network, for social as much as business purposes. I found the Meetup website and, lo and behold, …

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Written on May, 25, 2015 by in

How lovely is it when a letter from a friend or family member arrives in the post? The unique handwriting, the stamp individual to each country, and the neat, franked envelope containing news from afar. One of life’s simple pleasures and wildly more interesting than the usual bills or dull letters about student loans repayments or tax deadlines. And even …

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Written on Apr, 23, 2015 by in

If you are in Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal, wandering through the ground floor, you can’t fail to notice the Living Memory Association’s new unit – it’s enormous and is home to a wealth of artefacts, photos, stories, exhibitions, and information about local groups and events. Volunteers are always on hand to chat to or answer questions. It is well worth a …

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Written on Feb, 24, 2015 by in

In the last post I talked about Show Me Colour getting favourable feedback. This is a postscript to let you know that there are some reviews here I am in the process of creating a page for the book, and hope to add more news/reviews in future months. Right (and once again), back to paid work!

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