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