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Little Shop Of Horrors #Edinburgh #Review @TBCProductionsEdinburgh #The Studio #Edinburgh #Theatre

Little Shop Of Horrors 
The Studio Theatre, Edinburgh
Review: By Kelly 

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I was invited to review a production of Little Shop of Horrors at The Studio in Edinburgh, by TBC Productions.  I am a fan of the theatre show and movie, having seen it many times. I was looking forward to it. With it being a new amateur theatre group I did not know what to expect.

As the show began I was immediately struck by the professionalism of the cast.  No one slipping from character, all the accents on point. The audience were howling with laughter and totally engrossed from start to finish.  All the actors were tremendous but the stand out star for me was Fiona Dawson, in her role as Audrey, definitely one to watch out for.  From start to finish Ms Dawson stole the show.

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The set was out of this world. The effort that’s been put into it was apparent as soon as the curtains opened. The attention to detail was on point. I was very impressed.  The music was on magical and perfectly timed with the production.

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My overall impression after the show was how professional it was and that I would not hesitate to go to any show that this ensemble produced.  I walked away stuffed to the brim with happiness.  The best production I have ever seen of Little Shop Of Horrors.

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24th June at 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets are £19 (£16 Concession on Opening night and Sat Mat).

 Tickets available from www.edtheatres.com

 

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PIONEERING AMATEUR THEATRE COMPANY BRINGS CULT HORROR MUSICAL TO CAPITAL

TBC Productions, Edinburgh’s first amateur theatre group to use exclusively ensemble casting, brings the cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors to the capital next month. The group will be performing its pilot production at the Festival Theatre’s, The Studio, with a total of eight cast members.

Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of Seymour Krelborn, a down-trodden floral assistant, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers and nurtures an unusual plant. Seymour unwittingly names the plant Audrey II after his colleague and love-interest, but soon discovers that its nature far less sweet than that of its namesake. Soon Audrey II grows to offer him fame, fortune and love in exchange for feeding its unique appetite. Seymour has some difficult choices to make…

Based on the 1960s film, the rock comedy horror musical is one of the longest running off-broadway shows of all time. Having missed the capital on its UK Tour 2016, TBC Productions made it their mission to bring the show to Edinburgh audiences using the same casting structure as the professional Productions.

Thomas McFarlane, one of the group’s original committee members, explains “TBC Productions was initially formed in summer 2016 when we realised there was no one providing a platform for ensemble shows in Edinburgh outside of the Fringe. It was initially formed as a small group internally cast, however, the hope is to open our doors to the wider theatre community. Next year’s show will be announced very soon and we will be holding open auditions as well as inviting applications for those wishing to be part of the production team.

“With it being ensemble shows, as the professional shows were intended, we also wanted to bring the same quality to our productions. This is why we have chosen a high-quality venue and have opted for the new Broadway arrangements of the score for Little Shop.”

The cast of the upcoming production are well known across the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife amateur dramatics circuit, with credits in companies such as Bohemians, Allegro, Limelight Productions, Glasgow Live Productions, Theatre South Production and Captivate.

Little Shop of Horrors will be at The Studio from Wednesday 21st June to Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets are £19 (£16 Concession on Opening night and Sat Mat).

 Tickets available from www.edtheatres.com

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Nailing Jess @TScullyWriter @cranachanbooks #Review #QA #NailingJess

Nailing Jess By Triona Scully 
Published By Cranachan Publishing  26/06/17
Article By Kelly 

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Well I am overjoyed to be kick starting the Blog Tour party train for Nailing Jess by Triona Scully.  It’s published on the 26th of this month by Cranachan Publishing.

The Real You Interview with Triona Scully 

Hello Triona, thank you so much for taking the time to be on Love Books Group, I do hope it’s the first of many visits.

Could you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey  

As a first-time novelist, with no previous published work, I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to have been signed by my publishers, the wonderfully authentic Cranachan Publishing. I’ve always written, but before ‘Nailing Jess’ all my work was performance based- for the stage not the page. Writing and re-writing and re-writing some more has been a real challenge. Reading through a copy of ‘Nailing Jess’, and recognising how much better the book becomes with each edit is very gratifying. All those hours, trailing the floor, searching for yet another verb to describe the act of walking – you try it! It’s exhausting – have paid off, and before you me is a finished book. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Describe yourself using three words?

Kind. Curious. Easily distracted.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

The lack of over-weight, un-kempt, ill mannered, sexist role models for girls and young women has always been a source of concern to me, and with ‘Nailing Jess’ I have tried, in my own limited way, to redress the balance.

What time of day do you like to write? Morning.

What is your favourite book and why?

The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I re-read it every few years. I think it has the most perfect ending.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Sadly, I can’t claim credit for ‘Nailing Jess’. The title was the brain-child of the lovely Anne Glennie from Cranachan. Anne felt that it was more in keeping with a crime novel than my previous more cryptic working title. And I agreed.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. Absolutely not. Even the slightest. Ever. For me, it’s really hard not to have some-one in the back of my head that I have met that’s working as an arch type, but because I have this, I start to re-shape the characters to make sure they are very different. Or, at least I try to.

What’s your favourite word?

 That’s an outstanding question! Metaphysical.

If you were a colour what would it be?  Aqua.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

With ‘Nailing Jess’ the first draft was flow and then I had to create structure.

Who is your favourite Author? Agatha Christie.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Miss Marple ‘coz she’s seen some living! The Mum from ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, I’d tell her it wasn’t her fault, he was always a bad ‘un! Heathcliff ‘coz I never get past the first chapter of ‘Wuthering Heights’, and he could tell me what happens. Lastly, I’d pick Tony Hill from the Val McDermid series, if I couldn’t make Kevin’s Mum feel better, maybe he could.

What book are you reading at the moment? The Power by Naomi Alderman

Where in the world is your happy place? Wherever my son is.

If you had one superpower what would it be? This is so tragic but I’d be a super-cleaner, and get all the housework done in five minutes.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I’d have to say Heathcliff 😉

Are you working on a new project?  Yeah, but I keep my cards close to my chest when it comes to un finished work.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  ‘Nailing Jess’ is being launched by Blackwell’s, South Bridge Edinburgh at 6.30 p.m. All welcome.

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My Review of Nailing Jess by Triona Scully 

The Cover:

The cover stands out and I love the way it’s subtle yet impacting. 

My Thoughts:

This book is different from anything else I have ever read. Is that a good thing? Well it certainly made me sit up and pay attention. I started the book twice, I have to be honest and say from the start I had  some trouble grasping the swapping of genders.  But it certainly kept me on my toes and it was a welcomed challenge.
It is a genius plot idea and very well executed by Triona Scully.  To be such a unique book in today’s world is in itself to be applauded.  But having the added bonus that it is a well paced interesting read with memorable characters is the icing on the cake.
I wasn’t a fan of the  swearing, I do have to add that. But that’s my own personal preference.
I know for sure that Nailing Jess is merely the starter, all be it a tasty and tantalising one, of Triona Scully’s talents.  I do believe Cranachan Publishing have found a star!

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Back Of The Book

Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally.

There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.

Wayne needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man—and not just any man—an ugly one.

Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…

Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.

Scully’s debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.

You can preorder you copy today ~ Amazon UK

Thank you to Triona Scully and Cranachan Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour.

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The Joyce Girl @annabelabbs ~ #Bloomsday @ImpressBooks1 #WIN #Signed Edition

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To celebrate a year of publication Impress Books have given us a beautiful signed first edition of The Joyce Girl  and luxury chocolates to giveaway to one lucky reader of Love Book Group.

Here is the review we ran earlier this year, have a wee read and enter the giveaway at the end.

My Review ~ Spoiler Free 

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Today I have my review of The Joyce Girl By Annabel Abbs. The book is beautifully written. It’s very enjoyable to read and it flows easily.  Actors say when they make movie biographies and they spend so long learning about the character they play that they get a special unique experience. If that’s the case then I hope it goes for writers too. Because I truly want to believe that the spirit of Lucia Joyce, was with Annabel Abbs as she wrote The Joyce Girl. Looking on with pride and love for Annabel’s wonderful work.

Normally, I start my book and I try to read as much as I can over two or three sittings. As I began the book I realised my normal reading practice of forming the characters in my head would not work. As Lucia and her family were real people. So I googled for some photos, then I found a voice recording of James Joyce and so I had it in my head. This is not necessary for the enjoyment of the book. It was just a person thing of mine.

The book takes us through the avant-garde Paris to London and Zurich. I have been to Paris and it is a City with a heartbeat of culture and love. It is captured exquisitely in the book.

As I turned each page, I grew more and more in love with Lucia Joyce and her passion for dance and love. The characters and their journey are brought to life. Her unusual family lifestyle and living in the shadows of Mr James Joyce.

The book would have taken a lot of research and you can tell it was written with care and attention to details.  It covers an array of many topics. With so many strong characters.

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This is a must read, even if your TBR pile is so high.  After finishing the book I wanted to learn much more about Miss Joyce. Lucky there are some wonderful links on Annabel Abb’s website.

Twitter ~ @annabelabbs
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The Cover & Description

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The Joyce Girl tells the fictionalised story of Lucia Joyce’s affair with a young Samuel Beckett and then a young Alexander Calder. The only daughter of Irish author, James Joyce, and Nora Barnacle, Lucia aspired to be a modern dancer. Talented and ambitious, she trained with many of the most famous dancers of her time. The novel switches between past and present as Lucia retells her story to the pioneering psychoanalyst, Doctor Carl Jung, who she was sent to by her father to take the ‘talking cure.’

A story of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father, The Joyce Girl is a true story but imagined where facts were unavailable.

Described by the author, Emma Darwin, as “a gripping and little-known story at the heart of one of the twentieth century’s most astonishing creative moments…researched deeply and brought to richly-imagined life.”

Profits from the first year UK royalties go to YoungMinds in memory of Lucia Joyce, who spent most of her life in an asylum.

(Source www.annabelabbs.com)

About Annabel Abb’s 

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Annabel Abbs grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Kingston. After fifteen years running a consultancy, she took a career break to bring up her four children, before returning to her first love, literature.

Her debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writing and the 2015 Spotlight First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award and the 2015 Bath Novel Award. Her short stories and journalism have appeared in various places including Mslexia,  The Guardian, The Irish Times, Weekend Australian Review, Elle, The Author, The Daily Telegraph, Psychologies and the Huffington Post. She has been profiled in Writing Magazine, Sussex Life, Next NZ, Litro and Female First, Her blog, www.kaleandcocoa.com, featured in the Daily Telegraph in August 2015 and May 2016. She lives in London and Sussex with her family and an old labrador.

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Miss Lucia Joyce 

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One of the last photographs taken of Lucia Joyce (Source: http://www.annabelabbs.com/blog/ ) she died on the 12th December 1982, aged 75.

My heart is now etched with never ending compassion and love for  Lucia Joyce. Thank you so much, Annabel Abbs. I don’t think I would have gotten to know her if it hadn’t been for you. Much Love, Kelly xx

 

 

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When I Wake @JessicaJarlvi @Aria_Fiction #Review

When I Wake Up By Jessica Jarlvi
Aria Fiction ~ 01/06/2017
Review By Kelly 

 

Jessica Jarlvi 

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Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business. She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing. Since 2010, Jessica has taught journalism and media at a local university and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm. Last year, she was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Jessica is married with three spirited children, and although she’s known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!

My Review

The Cover:

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It’s vibrant, attention grabbing and it is one I would definitely purchase if I came across it in the bookshop or on Amazon.  With the catchy bright colours

My favourite Quote/Sentence:

“I wish this smell could be bottled,” Iris said between bites. “Cinnamon, dark roasted coffee and books. It would be a bestseller.”

My Thoughts

The book hooks you from page 1, with an array of unusual and dodgy characters, you do not know who to trust. They all have a reason to be the culprit. Jarlvi gives you just the right amount of important information and your brain goes into overdrive. A literary tease in more ways than one.

This book is heavily charged with sex, there all at it. Not my usual sort of thing in a book. But it works with When I Wake Up.

There was a trickle of Swedish brands, furniture, mugs and even backpacks spread throughout the book. A gentle reminder of where you were.  It was refreshing, I am now lingering to try a Vanilla Heart.

Characters

A wide variety of characters control the story. With a chapter here and there for each one.  Some I loved, Iris, for example, is smart, loving and someone I would love to meet if she was real. I would love to talk to her about books.  Some I strongly disliked, Daniel being one of them, his contempt and lack of love for his poor mother.

Ending 

I was happy that for once I didn’t know the end of the story. It kept me hooked right till the last page. Don’t worry you can keep reading, I don’t do spoilers.  I didn’t guess who it was so was very shocked when the truth was told.

One thing I did think was going to happen was a twist of a story from Iris and Rolf’s daughter but it never came to fruition but that was just my own thoughts.

I don’t have anything negative to say, I would thoroughly recommend the book. It was different, in a word truly fantastic!

The book is being promoted as similar to Girl On A Train or Gone Girl, both of which I have read and I have to say even though I enjoyed them both I don’t think they even come up to scratch with When I Wake Up.

I would love love love it to be made into a movie or tv series.

It leaves you wanting more, and I will have zero delays in buying anything by Jessica Jarlvi in the future. An author we should all be watching out for.

Back Of The Book

A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she’s lying silent in a hospital bed…

 

Thank you to Jessica Jarlvi and Aria Fiction for my lovely ARC and for the opportunity to be on the tour.

 

 

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Summer with the Country Village Vet @ZaraStoneley @HarperImpulse

june 29, 2016

Summer with the Country Village Vet By Zara Stoneley
Published By Harper Impulse  01/06/2017

 

My Review

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The Cover

I love the cover, it’s bright and inviting. It really stands out and if I saw it on the shelf I would pick it up.

My Thoughts

So my preconceived notion that the book would a quick easy enjoyable read, was incorrect. Yes, it was enjoyable but it wasn’t the quick read I expected, in fact, it was so good I didn’t want it to end.  I loved the country village of Langtry Meadow, I would move there tomorrow.

The book although light-hearted at times with an array of jovial animals and adventures actually covers some deep rooted issues.  Zara Stoneley, has a marvellous way of weaving a story. In the Summer with a Country Village Vet, we learn about Lucy and Charlie and their fight to battle life’s troubles and the past, that continue to haunt them. Will they succeed? You will have to pick up a copy of the book to find out.

To summarise my review, I would start by saying  I would recommend this book to my friends and family. I enjoyed the writing style and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another novel by Zara Stoneley. The only thing I didn’t love, was the title. It didn’t speak to me and I felt the book had so much more than the title makes you expect.  But that’s just a personal feeling.  The book takes you on a varied path of mixed emotions. One minute I was laughing out loud the next a trickle of tears rolled down my face. Everything you could possibly want from a book. A story with a beautiful core. I am hoping there will be a sequel. I definitely want to visit Langtry Meadow again and again.

If you would like to purchase your copy now and start reading today, you can. Click here to purchase your copy Amazon UK

Back Of The Book

When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and she’s determined to get back in the classroom as fast as she can.

Except the only job on offer is at an idyllic village school in the middle of nowhere – Lucy’s idea of hell. Where are the disadvantaged kids who need saving, where is the challenge?

But as Lucy finds herself welcomed into the warm-hearted community of Langtry Meadows, she begins to realise new challenges await – like frogs in the classroom, a rather difficult donkey, and a very brooding local vet…

Local boy Charlie Davenport has his own issues about living in the close-knit village of Langtry Meadows. His private life is already fuel for the well-meaning gossips and the very last thing he needs is to get close to the new school teacher…no matter how lovely she is.

But as summer days drift away Langtry Meadows weaves its magic, Charlie and Lucy both get the chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew…maybe with each other?

A fun, romantic story to make you smile and long for your own country escape.

Thank you to Zara Stoneley and Harper Impulse for having me this wonderful tour and for my advanced ARC.  

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Widdershins By Helen Steadman @hsteadman1650 ‏@ImpressBooks1 #Review

Widdershins By Helen Steadman
Impress Books ~ 01/07/17

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My Review

The Cover:

It’s beautiful, with the two silhouetted figures against the shrubbery and herbs. With the vanilla colouring and bold browns and deep purple. It looks very elegant and important.

I must also mention the fabulous way it was delivered from Impress to myself and fellow bloggers.  Wrapped in brown paper and tied up with white string, with a simple snippet of rosemary. The smell, as you opened the package, was delightful and unexpected. I wish all book post was both visually stunning and fragrant.

My favourite Quote/Sentence:

I didn’t have a favourite quote this time around but I did have words I had never heard before in my puff. Here are a few:

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There was many much more but these made me have to think. Also ‘Singing Hinnies’ made me have to get the old Google out and have a search.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it was a journey of adventure even before I gently tore away the brown paper packaging. The book had a lovely calm feel about it. As I said before its elegant cover draws you in.  I would definitely recommend it and my friends would be surprised as historical fiction is really not my favourite. But the way Widdershins is written you don’t feel like your getting fact after fact rammed down your neck. You are merely an ear to a fantastic story.

Characters

I enjoyed both of the main characters. Hearing their journey’s and the outcome.  I hated Johns father and my heart broke for him with the beatings and little Jinny.  But Helen Steadman put me right in the scene as if I was a ghost.  That’s how I felt throughout the book, that I was there listening and watching. Smelling the herbs and potions.

Pace

The book is very well paced, I was never bored only excited for what was to come.

I highly recommend this to book to everyone who loves a story with heart and history.

Back Of The Book

Did all women have something of the witch about them?’ Jane Chandler is an apprentice healer. From childhood, she and her mother have used herbs to cure the sick. But Jane will soon learn that her sheltered life in a small village is not safe from the troubles of the wider world. From his father’s beatings to his uncle’s raging sermons, John Sharpe is beset by bad fortune. Fighting through personal tragedy, he finds his purpose: to become a witch-finder and save innocents from the scourge of witchcraft. Inspired by true events, ‘Widdershins’ tells the story of the women who were persecuted and the men who condemned them.

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Who was the real Scottish witch-finder behind the Newcastle witch trials?

There is no definitive evidence as to who the Newcastle witch pricker was. In my novel, Widdershins, my witch finder is the fictitious John Sharpe.

However, one possibility is that the Newcastle witch-finder might have been John Kincaid, the notorious witch pricker from Tranent in the south east of Scotland. Certainly, he was testing people in North Berwick shortly before the Newcastle witch trials. So, as he was a hundred miles away pricking people to determine whether or not they were guilty of witchcraft, it’s not inconceivable that Kincaid was the witch-pricker invited to cleanse Newcastle of its alleged infestation of witches.

  1. Webster’s Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft includes a declaration from John Kincaid, Pricker, when he was in Dirlton in June 1649. This declaration was witnessed by six local officiaries. Kincaid’s declaration discusses how he tested a man and his spouse for witchcraft.

It seems that the couple in question, Patrik Watsone and Menie Halyburtoun, presented themselves voluntarily to Kincaid at Dirlton Castle near North Berwick in Scotland. After testing them with a pricking device, Kincaid claimed ‘I found the divillis marke upon the bak syde of the said Patrik Watsone…’ and ‘…upon the left syde of the said Menie Halyburtoune hir neck a littill above her left shoulder…’ He found them both guilty after pricking the devil’s marks he claimed to find about their persons, and after finding that these marks were insensible and did not bleed.

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Following Kincaid’s revelation, the deposition of Menie Halyburtoune (again witnessed by six local officiaries) on 1 July 1649, subsequently detailed her copulating with the devil, following this spectacle being reported by her husband.

John Kincaid of Tranent was still at large as late as 1661, when he was reported in Dalkeith in Scotland. Here, he tested a woman called Janet Peaston, claiming he’d found two devil’s marks upon her body.  When Kincaid pricked these marks, the woman felt no pain, and no blood was let. In fact, so little pain did she feel when pricked, she was unable to correctly identify the points on her body where she had been pricked. This is surprising, given that ‘they being preins of thrie inches or thairabout’. Yet, Kincaid still subscribed to his test under oath and this test was witnessed by seven people, among them, the local minister and elders, including a Major.

We may never know the identity of Scottish witch-finder employed by Newcastle, but John Kincaid was a notorious witch-pricker who worked in the borders between Scotland and north-east England, and so he is certainly one possibility worth considering.

References

Newes from Scotland (1591) ‘Declaring the damnable life of Doctor Fian a notable sorcerer, who was burned at Edenbrough in Ianuarie last.’ London: William Wright (in Special Collection Ferguson Al-a.36 at Glasgow University).

  1. Sands (1881) Sketches of Tranent in the Olden Time, Pitcairns’ Justiciary Records, vol 111., p. 602 in Chapter 3 ‘Witchcraft, 1591’.
  2. Webster (1820) Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and the Second Sight; with an Original Essay on Witchcraft, Edinburgh: Thomas Webster.

Thank you to Impress Books for the opportunity to be on the tour and to the wonderfully talented Helen Steadman for her beautiful book. 

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Charlie’s Promise @aldhammer #BookEvent @GabrielAssisi #Prestonpans Libary #Scotland #BookBlog @cranachanbooks

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Today, Monday (05/06/17) I had the pleasure of hearing Author Annemarie Allan talk about her children’s novel ‘Charlie’s Promise’ to St Gabriels, P7 Class at Prestonpans Libary.

It was fantastic to see the excitement on the children’s faces and hearing them ask Annemarie questions about the book. Then Annemarie reading from Chapter 2 of the book, setting the scene for when Laddie the dog goes missing and the children head out to find him.  The room was silent as all these eager young minds were filled with the adventure. Followed by a quiz and book signing by Annemarie.

It was a lovely experience and I would like to share some photographs from the day.

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Thanks for inviting me Annemarie, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Would you break the rules or break your promise? On the outskirts of Edinburgh, just before the outbreak of WW2, Charlie finds a starving German boy called Josef hiding in the woods near his home. Josef can’t speak English and is desperately afraid, especially of anyone in uniform. Charlie promises to help Josef find his Jewish relatives in the city. It’s a journey that will force them to face their fears, testing their new-found friendship, and Charlie’s promise, to the limit. ‘Poignant, graceful, and relevant for today’ Alex Nye

You can purchase your copy of Charlie’s Promise here Amazon UK

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Review, Scotland, The Brunton Theatre

Spatz & Co Showband @TheBrunton #Review #Music #Scotland

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Review

Spatz & Co ~ Showband 
The Brunton Theatre Musselburgh 27/05/17

I was very excited for the performance as I had heard many great things. A sold out show speaks volumes and the house was indeed packed full.

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On the stage were the talented musicians Gordon McNeal, Malcolm MacFarlane, Erik Lars Hansen, Ray Elrick, Dick Lee, Tom Gordon, Roy McGregor and Ewan Mains who stepped in at the last minute.

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What I loved was that each musician had the necessary attention, there was no weak link in the team. They worked strongly together and the show flowed effortlessly.

Roy McGregor has a voice like silk, so smooth and gentle.  I could listen to him for hours. They played a wide array of tunes from many genres and eras. With an extra special poignant delivery of the song the New York State Of Mind, which Billy Joel sang in tribute to those who had died from the emergency services on 9/11.  Roys McGregor dedicated his performance to those who had been affected by the Manchester bombing. I found it extremely moving and very appropriate.

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I highly recommend seeing the upcoming Christmas show in St Mary’s Church in Haddington.  To find our more please visit http://www.spatzandco.com/

Huge thanks to Fiona D at The Brunton Theatre and of course Spatz & Co for allowing me the opportunity to review. All views are my own.

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Blogger, Coastword Festival, Event Review, Music, Poetry, Scotland, Written Word

COASTWORD 2017 Dunbar @CoastWordFest @thejennawatt @kirstylawmusic #Day1 #Music #Play #Scottish

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CoastWord Festival 2017 Dunbar  ~ Day 1 

I was lucky enough to be one of this years chosen bloggers along with my friend and fellow blogger, Joanne ~ Portobello Book Blog. We travelled down from Edinburgh on Friday the 19th, filled with trepidation and excitement.

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The festival was held at The DunMuir Hotel in Dunbar. A spacious venue with a large function room. The set for the weekend was made up to look like a comfy livingroom, with a large reading chair and a bookcase with lamp. Setting up an ambient atmosphere.

 

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First to perform was award-winning playwright Jenna Watt, with her play Faslane. Faslane is situated 40 miles outside Glasgow and is home to the UK’s Trident nuclear missile program. I have, to be honest, and say I hadn’t heard about its existence. So it was all new to me. The play is essentially a war of thoughts pro and against Trident,. With Faslane providing years of work for her family members and the inner turmoil of not knowing where her own opinion lay. Jenna visited both Faslane and the peace camps. To help gain more knowledge. It made life somewhat puzzling for her. The play is well executed, there is a lot of dialogue for one person to act out, it’s very impressive. Jenna Wright was a powerhouse, captivating, gentle, loud, memorable. A great thought provoking and conversation starter piece.

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If you would like to know more please visit Jenna Watt’s Website

 

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Next up was Kirsty Law, CoastWords first songwriter in residence. Kirsty uses a Shruti Box to accompany many of her songs, it is a fabulous sounding instrument that provides a rich drone background. Kirsty’s songs were inspired by the Firth Of Forth and Dunbar. I really enjoyed Moving Up Hill and Water Of War.  Kirsty has a new album in the pipeline and if you would like to know more please visit Kirsty’s Website

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A superb opening to the festival, two varied works both unique and highlighting Scotland in their own unique ways. 

Please check out my next few blogs (soon to follow) to read about Day 2 & 3.

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Edinburgh Event, Event Review, Kelly Talk, Theatre

Jane Eyre @edtheatres Festival Theatre #Edinburgh #Review #Theatre

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I met Jane Eyre for the first time last night in Edinburgh. I do believe she will stay with me forever.  In the National Theatres production, directed by Sally Cookson, the performance run is over a period of 3 hours. The stage is set in a such a simplistic style by Michael Vale but works marvellously well.  Wooden catwalks raised platforms and ladders are the main core of the set. With a small band on the stage also, which somehow disappears to the eye when the show begins.

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Nadia Clifford as Jane Eyre is strong in her role, from start to finish she demands your attention in a fervent but gentle way. Tim Delap is fascinating as Mr Rochester, his performance is loud and important the chemistry between himself and Nadia Clifford is electric, with the two bringing to life these staunch characters in a beautiful and extraordinary way.

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With a cast of ten in total, with many playing various roles. Some comedic relief came from Paul Mundell’s whimsical performance as Pilot the dog.  The show is fast paced and the music is superb. With some modern tunes snuck in which was a delightful surprise.

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I give the show five stars it is a one I would go and see again and again. Each time I know I would see and take away something different. The show runs until the 20th May at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.

Book your tickets: Edinburgh Theatres Website

Thank you to @Edtheatres for the review opportunity.

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