Thursday, 31 October 2019

Have a blether with our Digital Book Group


To celebrate Book Week Scotland’s blether events East Lothian Libraries will be holding a Digital book group!! An eBook will be available from 14/11/2019 until 12/01/2020 via Borrowbox for everyone to borrow, read and debate.  If you have not used Borrowbox previously please see our website for information on how to access.

We will have a pinned post on Facebook so after you have the read the book you can note your thoughts and enter into discussions with others about the book. A comment will be chosen at random every week and the poster will receive a prize. Also feel free to post about the book on your social media channels using the hashtag #DigitalBlether

We’re not quite ready to reveal the title just yet but we can tell you we’ve chosen a great eBook title…

So if you're a fan of crime, historical fiction and Edinburgh, then you'll love this title! Keep an eye on our social media pages as the title will be revealed soon!!

The title will be available simultaneously, so multiple borrowers can borrow and read this at the same time!

Get reading and blethering with friends, family, your book group, on the bus, at the shops.... 




Friday, 25 October 2019

Pressreader Access: You can now get 30 days access at a time!

We are really excited to announce that you can now access Pressreader for 30 days at a time by logging directly into the Pressreader site or App using your library membership number!
This will make accessing Pressreader easier and whilst you will still need to reactivate after the 30 days expire, you simply need to log back into the Pressreader App or Pressreader Website using your library membership number.

Pressreader provides access to thousands of magazines and newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages, and allows users to view magazines and newspapers on-screen exactly as they would appear in a familiar print edition. Content is always up to date and is often available before print editions.

Users that create a Personalised Pressreader account are able to, not only read articles but also use features such as saving topics, setting up email alerts, sharing on social media, commenting, voting and much more.

How do I access?

Visit our webpage for more information on how to access and you can also download our Pressreader Guide. This guide gives detailed instructions on how to access Pressreader via the App and Web using your library membership number.

If you currently use Pressreader and have set up a Personalised Pressreader Account using an email address and creating a password, the Pressreader Guide will give you instructions on how to link your account to your library membership number.

If you would like help or have any issues getting set up on Pressreader, please pop into one of our branches. 

Alternatively you can email the Adult and Digital Team at East Lothian Libraries with any issues.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Book Week Scotland 2019

Book Week Scotland at East Lothian Libraries

18th to 24th November 2019


Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading delivered by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with local libraries and other organisations. People of all ages and walks of life come together to share and enjoy books and reading with Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators. Once again East Lothian Library Service is offering a packed programme of events for you to enjoy.
As part of the annual story project, people all over Scotland were invited to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Blether. Every Blether story received was shared online, and the favourite stories are published in a book to be distributed during Book Week Scotland.

Pick up your free copy in any East Lothian library and look out for our special LOCAL BLETHERS events featuring some of our local authors.

Our full programme is also available to download here.



LOCAL BLETHERS with Stella Hervey Birrell, Charlie Laidlaw, Rebecca McKinney

6:00pm, The John Gray Centre, 15 Lodge Street, Hadddington. Free event, no tickets necessary

Stella Hervey Birrell is an award-winning poet and writer based in Pencaitland, East Lothian. She is the 2019 poet-in-residence for Lanterne Rouge Cafe, Gifford and has edited and funded an anthology of poetry in support of St Columba's Hospice. Her poetry and prose has been published in various places, including by the Scottish Book Trust and the Dangerous Women project.

Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley which he says wasn’t his fault! That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to his age, not his musical taste. He has worked in national newspaper journalism and now lives in East Lothian, where his three books are set. 
R L (Rebecca) McKinney is the author of two novels, The Angel in the Stone and Blast Radius as well as short stories, poetry and the occasional blog. Her writing explores contemporary political and existential questions through fictional voices. She currently has two novels in progress, one dealing with the effects of climate change in her native state of Colorado, and the other a paranormally-infused crime noir story based in Edinburgh. She lives in Midlothian with her family.

Local Blethers with David Munro -Awakening

12.30-1.30pm, Dunbar Library, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, EH42 1DX. Free event, no tickets required.

James Carsell Brown is a time traveller, In the future time he encounters an attractive young lady who turns out to be the ghost of a woman who took her own life. He is thrown back to 1916, giving him the opportunity to investigate the circumstances leading to her suicide along with the possibility of preventing it. Returning to the future, James makes  a startling discovery, changing his life forever. he visits Edinburgh, where another shock awaits him.

David Munro was born in Edinburgh and has lived in Aberdeen and Glasgow. He is an arts professional with a love of history , as is evident in his latest novel. "Awakening has a First World War theme, telling the story of romance and heartache. The parallel time frames of 1914 and 2014 set the scene for a compelling and emotional journey. This is his 3rd novel in the time travel travellers series.

As this is a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.



LOCAL BLETHERS with Margaret Halliday

3:00pm, Musselburgh Library, 10 Bridge Street, Musselburgh. Free event, no tickets necessary

At the age of 50, Margaret Halliday set off on her own on a trip India, undeterred by multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis. The travel diaries she kept evolved into Prana Soup, an Indian Odyssey, which describes her adventures in candid, sometimes hilarious, detail. Good Vibrations, a Story of a Single 60s Mum, recounts her experience of unmarried motherhood in 1960s Scotland. WWOOFing North and South is about her time as a WWOOFer (worldwide opportunities on organic farms) in New Zealand and Scotland. Her first novel, The Belly Dancer,  is a romantic thriller, set in Turkey. Margaret studied horticulture in Glasgow and then environmental science, in which she received a doctorate, from Napier College, Edinburgh. She taught science in Edinburgh, married and had two children.

Quintin Jardine and The Bad Fire 

7:00pm, Longniddry Community Centre, 7 Seton Road, Longniddry. Free event, tickets available from Longniddry library.

If you’re naughty you’ll go to The Bad Fire!’ Bob Skinner never forgot his granny’s dire warning, which flares up with a vengeance in the new mystery of that title, a thirty-first outing for the formidable crime-fighter.

Quintin Jardine, East Lothian resident and number one best seller, will be quite willing to discuss his work, and anything else he chooses!



Alistair Moffat To the Island of the Tides: a journey to Lindisfarne

11am tea/coffee, 11.30 -12.30 talk, 12.30pm - 2 Course Lunch with wine. Greywalls Hotel, Muirfield, Gullane.

Tickets: £57.50 including tea or coffee, two course lunch, glass of wine, and a signed copy of To Island of Tides or The Hidden Way
£7.50 including tea or coffee on arrival and talk only (limited availability)
Tickets only available from Greywalls Hotel 01620 842144 or email

Alistair Moffat travels to – and through the history of – the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving on the Holy Isle. Lindisfarne, famous for its monastery, home to Saints Aidan and Cuthbert and the place where the celebrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written, has long been a place of sanctuary. It is an island rich in history and today maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal.

To the Island of Tides is a walk through history, a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey; a chance for a personal stock-taking and a reflection on where life leads us. In The Hidden Ways, Alistair traverses the lost paths of Scotland - its Roman roads tramped by armies, its byways and pilgrim routes, drove roads and railways, turnpikes and sea roads - in a bid to understand how our history has left its mark upon our landscape.

Alistair Moffat was born in Kelso in 1950. He is an award-winning writer, historian and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and former Rector of the University of St Andrews. He is the founder of Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. The Hidden Ways was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

Moira Cormack

11am, East Linton Library, 60A High Street, East Linton,
2.15pm, Musselburgh Library, 10 Bridge Street, Musselburgh,
Free events - Invited school classes.

We are delighted to welcome the P6 pupils from East Linton primary school, and P5 pupils from Campie primary school but any home schooled children (age 7-11) are very welcome to attend.

The Mer are disappearing but no one seems to care. Unknowingly the mer child, Ruby, feeling ostracised and alone, leaves the mer colony. She heads for the forbidden bay where her life takes an unexpected turn. Finding herself land-bound, she has to learn to survive in a strange world. With her faithful companion at her heels, Ruby makes her way to a cottage in the woods. But things are not as they seem ...

Here her instincts become twisted and she doesn't know who or what to believe. It is up to her to decide who to trust, unaware that the future of the mer lies in her hands. Can Ruby find the courage to face the mounting dangers, save her friends, and escape back to the sea?

Moira Cormack writes novels for young people, fairytales and poetry. Her first novel, The Witch of Land and Sea, was published in 2016. The places in the book are inspired by her walks in Midlothian and along the East Lothian beaches. She is also a relationship coach, has taught children in a myriad of contexts and is a mother of four. 

LOCAL BLETHERS with Emma Salisbury Flesh and Blood

6pm, North Berwick Library, School Road, North Berwick.
Free event. No tickets necessary

The 5th book in the highly successful DS Kevin Coupland Series

The murder squad’s resources at Salford Precinct Station are stretched to the limit. DS Kevin Coupland is called out to a fatal fire at a local residential home for vulnerable people, and immediately suspects arson. One of the victims is the sister of local gangster Kieran Tunney, sparking revenge attacks which threaten to bring the city to a standstill.  This is a hugely gripping police procedural series from one of Britain’s most exciting crime writers working today.

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, Emma now lives in East Lothian where she spends her days writing, walking her dog and enjoying the odd glass or two of something sparkling when the sun is over the yard arm.


Cameron McNeish- There's Always the hills

7.30pm, The Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh. Tickets £12.00 ( Concessionary £10.00) Available from Brunton Box office on 0131 665 2240 or online at
Cameron McNeish is an award-winning writer and television presenter and is Scotland’s best known outdoor commentator. As a passionate mountaineer and hillwalker Cameron has climbed and hiked extensively in Scotland, and has led treks in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Morocco, Guatemala, Turkey and North America. Television successes include The Edge: 100 Years of Scottish Mountaineering; two series of Wilderness Walks; and The Adventure Show. He is a Vice President of Ramblers Scotland and Patron of Scottish Orienteering and Mountain Aid. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. His talk, There’s Always the Hills, look back on his adventurous life and examines some of the books and individuals that have most inspired him.



Judy Hayman, Dragon Tales

9.30am, Ormiston Library, 5a Meadowbank, Ormiston,, Free event, invited school class- We are delighted to welcome pupils from Ormiston primary school but any home schooled children ( age 7-11) are very welcome to attend.

Set in the Scottish Highlands, Judy's book feature a family of small Scottish dragons, whose peace and freedom is threatened by humans. The adventures and dangers they encounter as they search for a safe place to live are beautifully illustrated by Caroline Wolfe Murray
Judy lives near Gifford, on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills. She is a former teacher, experienced public speaker and is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries.

Wilderland Film Festival

 7.30pm, Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh. Tickets £14.50 (Concessionary £12.50) available from Brunton Box Office 0131 665 2240, or online at

Wilderland is the UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival, showing important, breathtaking and thought provoking films from the natural world.  The 9 ground-breaking short films, made by a host of independent, international filmmakers will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, from snow leopards and orangutans to humpback whales.

This inspirational festival will appeal to anyone with a fascination for wildlife, conservation, adventure and travel. The Festival is the brainchild of zoologist filmmakers Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice, who will host and introduce each film live on stage.


Peter Cairns Scotland: A Rewilding Journey

2pm, Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh. Tickets £10.00 ( concessionary £8.00) available from Brunton Box Office 0131 665 2240 or online at

It wasn’t so long ago that vibrant, wild forest stretched across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes were at home in extensive wetlands. Salmon and trout filled the rivers. Lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked wooded glades. Today, although it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. Our large carnivores have gone. Our soils are impoverished and across millions of acres, a bare, degraded landscape supports very little life.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging where native woodlands regenerate at a landscape scale; where damaged peatlands are restored; where rivers run freely and where oceans are full of life. Rewilding is a vision for a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works, where wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people prosper. 

Against a backdrop of stunning imagery, photographer and author Peter Cairns, poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?


LOCAL BLETHERS with  Peter Hammond - Dangers of pilgrimage: a 14th century mystery.

4pm, North Berwick library, school Road, North Berwick, Free event. No tickets necessary.

When 17 year old Williame Boyde, apprentice blacksmith and volunteer spearman, reluctantly leads a pilgrimage to North Berwick he becomes caught up in a brutal, ritualist murder. Williame is our guide, friend and commentator as he endeavours to clear the name of the lady he loves and prove her innocence.

Peter has lived in East Lothian since 1990. He is married with 3 grown up sons and his first grandchild is on the way. He has been a professional actor, commercial writer, and radio sketch writer. He also ran his own murder mystery dinner theatre company for 15 years. He is Chairman of the North Berwick and Gullane Fundraising Committee and has been a community councillor.

This is his first published novel.

Bad to the Bone: Scotland's Darkest Crime Writers Unearthed

7pm, Dunmuir Hotel, 11 Newhouse Terrace, Queens Road, Dunbar. Tickets: £5.00 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets available from the hotel on 01368 862033 or email or from Dunbar library / 01620 827827. 
This event is for adults only.

The Skeletons in the closet, the dark deeds, and the murky motives that fuel some of Scottish Crime fiction's most successful authors. We ask what makes murder so appealing to these storytellers, and just what takes to commit a grisly crime to the page? Expect gripping suspense , smoking guns and red herrings aplenty as we tackle the mystery with four of the finest practitioners of the art of Tartan Noir working today. The partners in crime who will be taking to the stage are Tony Black, Barry Graham, Shona MacLean and Douglas Skelton. Tony Black is the author of more than 20 books, most recently WRECKED, his fifth Gus Dury title. He has been nominated for eight CWA Daggers and was runner up the The Guardian's Not the Booker prize for THE LAST TIGER. A former Young Journalist of the year, his work has also been adapted for the stage and the Ayr Gaiety performance of THE RINGER can be found at 

Barry Graham is a novelist, poet, essayist and Zen Buddhist monk. His books include the BOOK OF MAN, WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DUST, and KILL YOUR SELF:LIFE AFTER EGO. After 22 years in the U.S.A., he returned to his native Glasgow in 2017.

Shona MacLean is the author of the ALEXANDER SEATON and DAMIAN SEEKER historical crime series, her work has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book award and three times for the CWA Historical Dagger, winning it in 2015 for THE SEEKER. She lives near Inverness, where she spends her time dealing with black Labradors, pipe bands and deadlines, usually in that order. instagram @iwritemybike2

Douglas Skelton began his writing career in journalism, then penned a number of highly regarded non-fiction titles on crime and criminal history, including co-authoring an examination of a notorious miscarriage of justice. He moved into fiction in 2013 and has produced a string of fast-paced crime thrillers, beginning with the acclaimed Davie McCall series. His final Davie McCall book, Open Wounds, was nominated for the McIlvanney Award in 2016 and his most recent book, Thunder Bay, was similarly honoured in 2019. He is often called to comment on criminal matters for TV and radio.