FEATURE – Janis Mackay, Scottish Children’s Book Prize winner

With her time-twisting tale of adventure and friendship, Edinburgh author Janis Mackay is a deserved winner of the Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Award 2014, with The Accidental Time Traveller. A previous winner of the Kelpies prize with the first of her Magnus Fin series of children’s novels, Janis is also an accomplished storyteller, creative […]

Janis with her award-winning book, The Accidental Time Traveller

COMIC: Scott vs Zombies

THRILL to the sight of Edinburgh city centre overrun with zombie shoppers and undead bus drivers… GASP as a freak storm unleashes an ancient evil hidden deep within Castle Rock… Then MARVEL at the fact that this fun and action-packed new comic from 2000AD and Batman writer Alan Grant and acclaimed artist Robin Smith has […]

BOOK LAUNCH – Beacons: Stories for our not so distant future

Beacons: Stories for our not so distant future is a new collection of original short stories which explore the theme of climate change, and which will be launched as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival on Sat 26 October. Featuring stories from Alasdair Gray, A L Kennedy, Janice Galloway and a whole host of […]

BOOKS – New children’s books from Picture Kelpies launched

Last night saw the launch of two new books from Picture Kelpies, a range of picture books for young children from Edinburgh publishers Floris Books. Children and adults alike sat enthralled in Augustine United Church, as Edinburgh-based authors and storytellers Janis Mackay and Lari Don read from their quite different but equally enchanting new books. […]

BOOK – The Mile by Craig Smith

Three Scotsmen walk into a bar… The Mile by Edinburgh author Craig Smith is a comic novel which follows a trio of lifelong friends as they roll down the Royal Mile on a pub crawl, a week before the Scottish Independence Referendum. Ian, Euan and Stuart have different views on the impending decision on the […]

NEWS: Edinburgh Book Trails iPhone app

Hot on the heels of the Edinburgh bookshop app we looked at last week, the Edinburgh Book Trail app from purpleTrails lets you explore our city’s fascinating literary sights using your phone as a guide. The app contains four themed walking routes through the city centre, from the Royal Mile to the New Town. Each […]

DIARY – Bookshop appearances in May

Edinburgh’s bookshops are not just for browsing new titles, buying books and sipping coffee. As a capital city and one of the most literary places in the world, it’s not surprising Edinburgh attracts some of the top writers all year round, many of whom appear in store (and often for free), giving readings, signing books […]

FEATURE: Roy Gill and The Daemon Parallel

You could say that Edinburgh-born author Roy Gill sees the city through very different eyes. In his debut novel The Daemon Parallel, young hero Cameron becomes aware of a strange, ‘other’ Edinburgh which is populated with fantastic creatures, monsters and very different versions of the landmarks and places we all take for granted. After winning […]