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More Fiction and Photography (#PhotographyinFiction 3)

This month I’ve unexpectedly stumbled on two novels featuring photography to add to my growing  blog category ‘photography in fiction’. These writers are less well-known than Theroux or Boyd but there are points of similarity worth mentioning. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which I was given as a gift, follows William Boyd’s idea in … Continue reading More Fiction and Photography (#PhotographyinFiction 3)

For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

Like most Scots of his generation, D.O. Hill was  a great fan of both Rabbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Several of his and Robert Adamson’s compositions recreated characters from Scott’s novels (like this one from The Antiquary) and he was an illustrator of both writers, spending quite some time in Ayrshire prior to publishing … Continue reading For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

History, Fiction and Archaeology. Nancy Jardine talks about Scotland in the First Century A.D.

I have a soft spot for books about Roman Britain which I think has more to do with reading Rosemary Sutcliffe than studying Tacitus (yes, I did that too, once upon a time!) So it’s a pleasure to welcome Scottish writer Nancy Jardine to talk about researching this fascinating era.  Thank you so much for … Continue reading History, Fiction and Archaeology. Nancy Jardine talks about Scotland in the First Century A.D.

Past meets present at Dunfermline’s new arts festival: #iamoutwith

The old home town was not looking the same when I arrived at Dunfermline Bus Station (why do they keep moving it?)  last Saturday morning for the second  Outwith Festival. ‘Reminds me of the Gala Day,‘ said my old school friend Marilyn when we eventually caught up with each other, and yes, there was that buzz … Continue reading Past meets present at Dunfermline’s new arts festival: #iamoutwith