Thursday, 2 January 2014


It's been a brilliant three months since starting as Scottish Book Trust Reader In Residence to Scottish Borders Libraries.   I've visited communities East, West, South and North in the Scottish Borders in the Mobile Library,  revisited childhood books with familes aged eight to eighty,  and one day only (a dream came true!) I was Doctor Who, all part of Book Week Scotland.

The Borders has a rich history of literature and storytelling from the Border Ballads, Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg continued into the present day by a very active contemporary writing scene.  This history combined with contemporary stories mixed with storytelling from every corner of the world are all part of the enthusiasm for stories, knowledge and books that I've found on my travels.   Right at the heart of this is the library service, encouraging, supporting and providing the resources that feed the mind and imagination.  It also provides a community base for the excitement of sharing that discovery and knowledge with others.  Communication is the key to unlocking that community spirit that brings people together under the common banner of stories.

The saddest part of the job so far has been when I've realised an event or a readers group meeting is drawing to a close.  Still I'm consoled by the fact that the thoughts raised during the meeting or event carry on and develop on the journey home and long afterwards.

The residency is supported by the Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.  During 2014 I'll be visiting more libraries, holding further events and helping new readers group start and grow.  There will be interactive storytelling, treasure trains, events aimed at showcasing what your local library can do for you!  

Can't wait!

Below is some of the images of myself in the mobile library and as Doctor Who (one day maybe!!). Also of childhood reading memories brought right into the present during a Treasure Train event.   Just some of the events that happened across the Scottish Borders for Book Week Scotland.  

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