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Written on Jul, 19, 2017 by in

Anyone who knows me, knows I love postcards. Yes, even in this age of instant messaging, Twitter feeds and WhatsApp photos, for me no holiday communication can compare to  a postcard through the letterbox. But why, you might be asking 😉 Well, let’s see. A postcard shows someone is thinking of you. It adds a bit of colour to the …

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Written on Jun, 29, 2017 by in

A fun job I have is editing Thelma (the Living Memory Association magazine), partly because there is such a choice of material to use: people’s colourful stories, the vast photo archive, and plenty of objects which can make for good images. New objects and photos come in all the time so the choice is always increasing. The next issue is …

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Written on May, 29, 2017 by in

This coming month I am producing a publication for YMCA Scotland. Sharing the Past to Shape the Future − part of YMCA Scotland’s Young Roots programme − has used an inter-generational approach, led by young people from YMCAs across the country, who have been trained in reminiscence and interview skills, to capture oral histories from older people who were members, workers or volunteers …

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Written on Apr, 28, 2017 by in

Out and about today I was appreciating the spring colours that seem to be all around, and was reminded of a quote from one of my favourite writers: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke P.s the daffodil pic was taken a few weeks ago but I wanted …

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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 Jan, 12, 2017 by in

Happy New Year to you from a cold and snowy Edinburgh! Like most people I am getting back into the swing of things after the festive season; this week I’ve been designing and editing the LMA magazine (30th anniversary issue!), doing research and collecting oral histories with volunteers for the Saughton Park project, and finishing my second book. The book …

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Written on Dec, 06, 2016 by in ,

Happy 40th birthday to The Action Group! I was the chief writer for the charity’s anniversary publication. This involved interviewing everyone from the chief executive to people who founded the grassroots organisation, to current staff and clients, as well as researching and writing a 40-year timeline.  

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Written on Dec, 02, 2016 by in

I’m not keen on the short days in Scotland during winter but at least this year, from the front room of my newish flat, the darkness has often been balanced by some beautiful skies and sunsets. Got to be quick to catch them though!  

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Written on Oct, 09, 2016 by in

Well that was a fast summer! When not moving flat, enjoying a trip to the Continent and ‘doing’ the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s what I was up to: Saughton Park Restoration Project This project (see previous blog post for more information) is well underway. We have a great team of enthusiastic volunteers who have attended induction sessions at the National and …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2016 by in

From the spectacular 1908 Scottish National Exhibition to memorable musical performances at the bandstand, from Saughton House to the sunken Italian garden – Saughton Park has a long and very colourful history. These days the park is probably most accurately described as a hidden gem. People do enjoy its jewels, including its walled gardens and topiary, tropical plants and variety of …

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