A new Children’s Laureate.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the announcement for the new Children’s Laureate and am thrilled that the role has been accepted by children’s illustrator and writer Chris Riddell. Chris is an outspoken and dedicated supporter not only of children’s books, but also of school libraries and librarians and he used his acceptance […]

Tardis Destinations – Part Three. A party, London, 1774

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Our destination today is a London party somewhere around 1774 hosted by the genius John Joseph Merlin. This extraordinary man was talented at creating clockwork devices from a very early age and was plucked from the Academie des Science in Paris aged twenty five by the Spanish Ambassador who decided that the young man’s gift […]

Vintage public information posters.

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I do love vintage posters and this set offers advice for things that you shouldn’t really need advice for. However, there are a good few here that really should be brought back. Speaking as someone who routinely runs the gauntlet of those who seem to have taken up germ distribution as a hobby – I’d […]

A magical gift

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November 25th is the start of Book Week Scotland, and the beginning of a week celebrating not only Scottish literature, but Scotland’s important position in the world literary scene. There are hundreds of events going on all over Scotland to celebrate books, reading and libraries, but one in particular caught my eye. Last year I […]

Why I love comics of the 1970s

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Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a massive comic addict and I have no intention of seeking a cure. As an adult I have the luxury of being able to look back over my comic collection with a more (ahem!) mature eye. These are all separate images taken from my own collection and not ‘shopped […]

Shakespeare is not the only bookstore – Part Two

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My second offering for off-the-beaten-track bookstore heaven is the amazing San Francisco Bookstore, Paris. This is easily my favourite bookstore. It has all the elements that I require in a bookstore – in that it has towering shelves full of amazing items from rare collectables to modern classics, but it also appeals to me as […]

Shakespeare is not the only bookstore – Part One.

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When anyone mentions the bookshops of Paris, thoughts immediately turn to the Shakespeare Bookshop, and it’s not surprising. If you’ve never been, you really should because it is undeniably lovely. However, I offer up two other equally wonderful bookstores that are distinctly off the crammed tourist track. These two are enviously beautiful places and the […]

What’s in the Crazy Bay today?

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My friends on Facebook will be familiar with the joys of the Crazy Bay, but I’ll take a minute to explain. There is a certain large supermarket near my writing hideaway in Aberdeenshire which has a section of shelving that defies description. Some of the items are reduced, but most are still full price – […]

I do love a good Bath.

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I’m having a little break in Bath and so (obviously) the first thing to do is head out in search of a good bookshop, and I found real gem. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights lives up to its name completely. This is gorgeous bookshop is three floors of pure literary pleasure. The bookshop has […]