“Writing and Getting Published”
Thursday 30th November 10.00 to 1pm
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Geoff Akers 11.30am
“Isaac Rosenberg: Visionary and victim”
Isaac Rosenberg was one of the
First World War’s greatest soldier poets.
On the one hand, a poetic genius responsible for
some of the greatest war poetry ever written; on the
other, the hapless victim of bizarre circumstance and
institutional repression who tragically died in the
closing stages of the most destructive conflict in
Geoff Akers graduated with honours from Aberdeen
University, where he read English and History.
To date he has published two novels: and is currently
working on a third novel relating to the aftermath of
the 1745 Jacobite rebellion in Scotland, America and
Local perspectives of the
experience of getting into print
Drop by any time for an
informal chat with the writers
Tickets not required
Pam Wardell 11am
“Writing a Family Memoir –
Publishing in Retirement!”
In her stunningly-illustrated memoir, “A Very Private
Affair”, Pam Wardell tells two stories in parallel:
one about the secret life of her enigmatic intellectual
aunt, Speranza Howard; the other about her personal
journey to uncover the impact of the Russian
Revolution on her family’s history.
Pam was born and raised in 1950s Glasgow.
She studied to be a drama teacher and spent twelve
years teaching before joining BBC Scotland as a
Only when she retired was there time to delve into
the family memorabilia hoarded in her loft, and write
the book about her beloved Russian heritage.
Dorothy Baird 10.30am
“Small Details, Big Life - poems”
Come and be inspired to reflect on the beauty of
important experiences in our lives: from children
growing up and leaving home, to evolving family
relationships and the passing of loved ones,
to blackbirds, whales, single track roads and the
rugged Scottish landscape.
Dorothy Baird has two poetry collections:
“Leaving the Nest”, and “Mind the Gap”,
and her poems have appeared in a wide variety of
magazines and anthologies.
For over 25 years she was a tutor of creative writing
in the community and mental health settings, and in
2009 she founded the Young Edinburgh Writers
(YEW), a writing group for the city’s teenagers.
She has lived in Currie for 28 years.
16 November - 2 December 2017
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Lesley Fraser 12.00pm
“Cavalier Chronicles …”
Lesley Fraser’s book, Cavalier Chronicles, tells the
story of Rufus, her King Charles spaniel, her pet
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and his friends.
Written by Rufus the book follows his life as a pet
and show dog. Lesley will speak about Rufus and
his life as well as her next book, Changing Lives,
which is to be released soon. Rufus is now elderly
and has retired from public life, but his biographer
/ghost writer may well bring along a couple of her
other pets to Colinton Library.
Lesley has had a varied career, including having
trained as a nurse, working for Radio Forth for 19
years, managing their charity raising funds for
children with special needs, and as a presenter and
reviewer. She co-presented Radio Forth’s Open Line
phone-in programme for several years. For 16 years
she chaired events at the Edinburgh International
Book Festival and now works as an Independent