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Her first children’s book, First Aid For Fairies, was published in 2008 and won a Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books a year later The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is exploring new territory this year and in February we are heading across the Irish Sea, taking brilliant Scottish storyteller Lari Don to Northern Ireland and visiting over 1500 pupils from 13 schools. Competition…

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Trainspotting’s classic ‘Choose Life’ monologue inspired an entire generation and has been seen plastered to the wall of student bedrooms ever since.  “Choose life. Choose a job.  Choose a career. Choose a family.  Choose washing machines, cars and compact disc players.  Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose…mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows.” The Renton character’s scathing put down of consumer society in 1996 reflected…

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January is almost over and the long period between the December and January pay cheques has passed. However, don’t pop the champagne cork just yet for this replenishment of our current accounts doesn’t mean we’re all solvent once again – far from it. The Daily Mirror’s Tricia Phillips highlights the level of personal debt in the UK is a staggering £1.5 trillion.  And the BBC’s…

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It’s chilly up north this Winter, so we are heading south of the border in search of warmer climes and to spread the love of books as the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour goes to Liverpool with the brilliant and colourful illustrator and author Nick Sharratt! Competition Time To celebrate Nick’s upcoming tour, we are giving away a signed and dedicated copy of his Bookbug…

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New year, new me. How many times have you seen that on your Facebook feed in the last 2 weeks or people sharing motivational quotes about how this year is going to be different? It may feel like the time to completely reinvent yourself but if you feel like you need to make a change you are probably not that far away from where you…

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*ok ok this is not a fact, this is my opinion. Whether you are wrapping your presents, decorating your tree or in an increasingly popular and modern Christmas scenario looking for that last minute Christmas bargain on the internet. Here are my top 10 songs to get you in the festive mood. There are so many to choose from everyone’s list will be filled with…

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Were you thinking of buying your nearest and dearest a Louis Vuitton suitcase for Christmas? A Chanel handbag perhaps? Or maybe you want to back Britain by surprising a certain someone with a headscarf from Burberry? No? Neither was I – which is just as well as it’s reported that some of the world’s most famous luxury brands — including Burberry, Chanel and Rolex —…

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This Autumn the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour took legendary, Carnegie award winning author and screenwriter David Almond on a blustery trip round the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Midlothian. S1-3 pupils from local secondary schools had been excitedly preparing for David’s visit, with the help of school librarians it seemed everyone knew about David and his books, especially Skellig, the book that made his…

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This Wednesday the new Chancellor of the Exchequer will make his first Autumn Statement. It will also present the first major indication of direction of travel for the UK economy under Theresa May’s post-Brexit administration. There has been much speculation that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will shift away from the “Austerity Britain” policies which marked the tenure of the previous Chancellor, George Osborne. This weekend,…

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Happy Friday to all you football fans! We hope that you’ve had a super week of saving, because we certainly have! There are some exciting games to look forward to this weekend. In the Premier League, it all hots-up as we head towards the Christmas break – some serious saving required there! Last week’s winner Last week’s prediction didn’t go exactly to plan, as we…

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