We have received a reminder from Irene Grant that the Pentlands Book Festival, with events happening in Currie, Juniper Green and Colinton, will take place from 11th to 26th November.
Looking at the Pentlands Book Festival website (pentlandsbookfestival.org) members will no doubt be interested in the guided walk "James Thomson Currie's Weaver Poet" on Saturday 19th November, conducted by CDLHS member Liz Beevers. You can all swot up beforehand by re-reading the Currie Chronicle from September 2015 (number 84) "James Thomson, The Kenleith Poet", which you can access in the Downloads section of our website. If heading for a descent into the Poet's Glen we will hope for good weather on the day or at least less rain - but suggest you wear boots or wellies anyway.
At a "Meet the Author" event on 24th November one of the local authors appearing is Carol Tweedie who will talk about her recently published book "Fair Isle Ghosts".
A visit has also been arranged during the Festival to the National Records of Scotland on Tuesday 22nd November at 10 a.m. when Alison Lindsay will do a presentation on Currie. Juniper Green and Colinton history, books and documents will be available for perusal. Anyone obtaining tickets for the visit to NRS will also need to contact Irene Grant at 07731 645917 or at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can have the names of those wishing to attend and compile a list like a school register and do a head count.
There is a cloakroom at NRS where you leave coats, jackets and bags. These are left in a locker for which you need a £1 coin this will be returned to you. If you want to make any notes, you use paper and PENCIL, NO PENS. The building is wheelchair accessible and has a cafe. Irene will be there in the foyer to meet people and she will wear an identity badge. I'm sure everyone intending to attend this event will be looking forward to what Alison Lindsay has to tell us about our area.
Tickets for events were released on Wednesday 26th October and can be obtained from Currie library, RBS Juniper Green or on-line at Eventbrite. Although tickets are required, all events are free, except for the pizza event at Al Borgo where you pay entry at the door.