Friday, 21 March 2014

Follow the herring!

Knitted herring have been arriving in their shoals at The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, ready for an exhibition in May. A series of workshops with artist Linda McCann are taking place over the next few weeks so if you'd like to knit and craft different sea creatures, seagulls, nets and rocks, you're welcome to join in the fun. 22 March, Brunton, 1-4pm; 29 March, Fisherrow Community Centre, 10-12; ...30 March, Fraser Centre, Tranent 2-4; 5 April, Brunton 1-4; 19 April Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar 11-1; 26 April, Brunton 1-4.
Every Tuesday at Longniddry library from 11.00am

Call or e-mail Carey Ann Scagell for more info, uk or 0131 665 9900

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Exciting author events!

We're absolutely delighted that Lesley Riddoch, award winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster and James Oswald, livestock farmer and now best selling novelist, are coming to visit at the end of this month.

Lesley will be pondering the past, the present and the future of Scotland. In her book, Blossom, Lesley takes an in depth look at Scotland. She describes the pioneering community buyout on Eigg; the brave decision by West Whitlawburn tenants to take over their crumbling hi-rise estate; the 20 year project by Perthshire ecologist to prove arid, sporting estates can become verdant woodland; the unconventional methods used by obstetrician Mary Hepburn to reach Scotland's sickest, drug-using mothers; the story behind the Scotswoman and Harpies and Quines and much more. Lesley tries to show that ordinary Scots have demonstrated their capacity to run their own lives time after time - yet Scotland remains a remarkably elitist, top-down, centralised, "stand there till we fix you" sort of society. Devolved or independent, Scotland must belong to its people - to have, hold, inhabit, farm, walk, plant, hunt, develop, mine, explore and even accidentally damage - not to small, self-selecting social groups. Don't miss what promises to be an extremely lively discussion - Port Seton Library, Thursday 27th March, 7.00pm.
Lesley's event was standing room only in Dunbar a few months ago so book your free place by calling Port Seton library on  01875 811709

James Oswald is a publishing phenomenon. He became a literary sensation when his first detective novel, Natural Causes sold more than 50,000 copies in one month. He wrote the crime thriller featuring Detective Inspector McLean while tending to his New Zealand sheep and Highland cattle at his farm in Fife.  In 2012, just as he was about to give up writing and become a farmer full time, he became a best selling self-published author and negotiated a three book deal with Penguin, one of the UK’s biggest publishers. Now he's a best selling mainstream author being compared with Ian Rankin and his life has been a whirlwind ever since: working the farm during the day, writing at night,  coping with media exposure, meeting Richard and Judy, and making numerous public - including library! - appearances. All of James's books, including his latest The Hangman's song, will be available to buy at his event at Musselburgh library on Saturday 29th March at 3.30pm.
Book your free place by calling the library on 0131 665 2183

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

"Can do Creative!"

Have you been inspired by Kirsty Allsop's upcycling creative crafts, but never tried them out yourself? Come along to any of our crafty classes and with step by step guidance, create something pretty, practical or perfect for a present - we guarantee you'll end up with something to take away on the day!
Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar on Thursdays 10.00am-12 noon
Fraser Centre, Tranent on Wednesdays 10.00am-12 noon
John Gray Centre, Haddington on Fridays 10.00am-12 noon
Longniddry Community Centre on Mondays 1.30-3.30pm

Just drop in and pay on the day, £3.00 a session, every week until the beginning of April

Mobile Library Service - Update

The publicised changes to the Mobile Library Service have begun. As Friday (28th February) saw Mobile 1 retire from service, some areas of East Lothian will experience a short break in provision until the new service is launched in the week beginning 31st of March. Areas affected by this are Aberlady, Elphinstone, Gifford, Macmerry, Whitecraig and Pencaitland.

Mobile 2, run by Cecilia, is still following its normal timetable and will do so until Friday 14th of March.

The new timetable is as follows and will be run as a fortnightly service.

Week 1
Monday - 31/03/14
From To
11.00 11.30 Whitecraig Whitecraig Crescent
12.00 12.40 Elphinstone Tranent Road
14.00 14.30 New Winton
15.00 16.30 Macmerry Main Road

Tuesday – 1/04/14
From To
11.00 11.40 Glenkinchie
11.50 12.30 Lempockwells
14.00 14.55 Pencaitland Queen’s Drive
15.00 16.00 Pencaitland The Glebe
16.20 17.00 Gladsmuir Main road

Wednesday – 2/04/14

Vehicle off road for servicing and maintenance

Thursday – 3/04/14
From To
13.50 14.40 Ballencrieff Ballencrieff Steading
15.00 17.00 Aberlady Rig Street

Friday – 4/04/14
From To
10.40 11.40 Monksmuir Park
12.00 12.50 West Barns Forth View
14.20 15.00 Whitekirk Main street
15.20 16.00 Crauchie

Week 2
Monday – 7/04/14

From To
11.30 12.30 Garvald Mains
13.30 14.10 Garvald New Houses
14.40 16.40 Gifford The Square

Tuesday – 8/04/14

From To
11.00 12.00 Athelstaneford Village Green
12.20 12.50 Drem Village Green
14.30 16.10 Dirleton Village Green
16.30 17.10 Camptoun

Wednesday – 9/04/14

Vehicle off road for servicing and maintenance

Thursday – 10/04/14
From To
11.30 13.00 Humbie Opp. Village Shop
14.30 15.00 West Saltoun Main road
15.10 16.10 East Saltoun Main Street nr shop
16.30 17.00 Bolton The Old School

Friday – 11/04/14
From To
11.00 11.30 Oldhamstocks Main road
11.50 13.30 Innerwick Kirk Brae
14.50 16.00 Stenton The Gallery

For further information please contact Jane Tankerville on 01620 820 606 or at

SciFest at Dunbar library

Friday 14th March 8pm - 10pm, The Gibb room, Dunbar library £4 per ticket


Led by Dunbar’s very own crime writer Nigel Bird, this writers' panel will be discussing crime writing and how to get
published in today's environment of e-books and self-publication. The panel include:

Doug Johnstone - a writer, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. His most recent novel, GONE AGAIN, was published in March 2013.

Allan Guthrie - author of several novels, including TWO-WAY SPLIT, HARD MEN, SAVAGE NIGHT and SLAMMER.

Ed James - lives in the East Lothian countryside. He writes crime fiction novels predominantly the Scott Cullen series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians - available to download.

Other events at the Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar

Thursday 13th March at 8pm
Telling the Story... How do we create Smoke Free Homes and Spaces for Our Children?
Translating research findings into Story; bringing out people's voices from the research. Join Dr. Deborah Ritchie, CoastWord's Hannah Lavery
and Award Winning Actress Vicki Balnaves in a discussion about the power of storytelling

Saturday 15th March 8pm - 11pm Cafe Scientifique
David Dickie (University of Edinburgh): The Beautiful Brain
Derek Ball (Heriot Watt University): High Intensity Interval Training
Eddie Clutton (University of Edinburgh): The Need for Anaesthesia to Prevent Animal Suffering

Sunday 16th March 8pm - 10pm
Natural World -
An Evening of Discussion and Readings inspired by the Natural World.

All events £4 per ticket Phone Dunbar Library 01368 866060 or email to book a place
or come along on the evening.

A full list of events and details are available on the Dunbar SciFest website under Whats On.