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Colinton Library

14 Thorburn Rd

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This is a drop-in event and you can come along at any time to chat informally with any of the authors. You can sign-up for one or more of the half-hour talks when you arrive on a first-come, first-served basis: no tickets are necessary. The running order for the talks is:10.30 Dorothy Baird; 11.00 Pam Wardell; 11.30 Geoff Akers; 12.00 Lesley Fraser.

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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.


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 radio producer. 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.


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 human history.

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 Canada.


Lesley Fraser 12.00pm “Cavalier Chronicles …”

Lesley’s book, Cavalier Chronicles, tells the story of Rufus, her King Charles spaniel, a Crufts prizewinner. Written by Rufus and translated into human by Lesley, 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, having trained as a nurse, then working on Radio Forth’s Open Line phone-in programme for 19 years managing their charity, raising funds for children with special needs, and as a presenter and reviewer. For 16 years she chaired events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival




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