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The Oldest Girl In The World - Book Review
The Oldest Girl In The World is a poetry book by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Though billed as a book for children the book also appeals to adults -the poems are funny, inventive, thoughtful and charmingly illustrated.
John Barleycorn - Robert Burns
John Barleycorn is an ancient tale, brought to life in Robert Burns' poem of the same name, detailing the life and tragic death of a character who warms the blood and spirit of many a Scot...
Fast Facts About Mull
The Isle of Mull, accessible by boat from the Scottish mainland, is a treasure trove of history, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Glasgow Necropolis - a huge Victorian cemetery - lies close to St Mungo’s Cathedral. The remains of more than 50,000 people are buried here.
Born in Scotland - Authors
Scotland has produced internationally recognised authors, many of whom have used their country as a setting for thier novels. The range is vast - from Ian Rankin's Rebus novels which explore the dark side of Edinburgh to Dorothy Dunnett's King Hereafter, a challenging version of Macbeth's story.
A hot toddy, Scots claim, is the perfect remedy for a cold. Whisky, honey or sugar and hot water form the basis of a drink some say can cure all ills...
Crannogs were ancient settlements with huge defensive potential that proliferated in Scotland long before the coming of Christianity.
The Black Isle
The Black Isle, in the Scottish Highlands, lies north of Inverness. An area that in the past was self sufficient now boasts bridges to north and south offering links to the mainland.
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy is a poet, playwright, performer, mother. She is Britain's first female poet laureate, a mesmerising performer and advocate for poetry.
The Oral Tradition
Scotland has had a shorter history of the written word than many cultures. The primary source of history and knowledge has been the human voice speaking and singing tales of the past, stories of the present and imaginings of futures yet to come.
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