the man Burns, an a’ that…

Leith Festival kindly invited me to propose the toast at its fundraising Burns Supper this week. Here is the text in full; it had a mixed reception, and I accept that some may think it’s too political for the occasion, that’s a matter of judgement. Several...

A very merry Christmas to all my readers

Dear Reader, Deck the halls with boughs of holly / T’is the season to be jolly / Don we now our gay apparel / Troll the ancient Yuletide carol / See the blazing Yule before us / Strike the harp and join the chorus / Follow me in merry measure… and so on,...

World AIDS Day

1st December is a bit special this year, in Leith. A 1-hour documentary film has been shot here for screening on 2 December – the nearest they could get to the Day itself, the election has been messing about with the schedules – on BBC! at 2100 hrs, that...

Custom House, 21 November

Come along to Custom House on 21 November:¬†https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/choose-life-choose-leith-a-conversation-with-tim-bell-tickets-77279696653 . It’s ticketed but free. I’ll be in conversation with Gordon Munro, man of Leith, city councillor and...