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FOUR public processions have been re-routed by Glasgow City Council after police raised serious concerns about their potential impact.

The marches, which take place next weekend [1-2 June], have been re-routed away from a stretch of London Road passing St Alphonsus church.


In recent months, similar marches have prompted counter protests and also support from others in the community. Yesterday, Police Scotland advised the council that this was likely to be repeated in response to next weekend’s events – and raised concerns regarding the potential impact on the wider community.

Police also advised it would be necessary to call in officers, including specialist resources, from across Scotland in order to safely manage the marches and any protests.

Under normal circumstances, such concerns would be put to a Public Processions Committee for consideration. However, the timing of the marches relative to the holiday weekend mean it would be impossible to do this while still allowing organisers adequate opportunity to exercise their right to appeal any order that may have been made by the committee.

In order to preserve that legal right, while responding appropriately to the clear concerns raised by Police Scotland, officers have made the orders to re-route the marches using their delegated powers.

In each case, the order has been made due to the high risk of disruption to the life of the community and the excessive burden likely to be placed on Police Scotland, should the proposed route be used.

The orders do not prevent any of the events from going ahead on the amended route and preserve the participants’ right to assembly. Failure to comply with the orders is an offence.

The processions affected are:

1 June

1700hrs – Apprentice Boys of Derry (Bridgeton), starting at Gateside Street and ending at Tullis Street.

1700hrs – Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club, starting at Gateside Street and ending at Bartholomew Street.

2 June

1115hrs – Dalmarnock Orange & Purple District 50, starting at Baltic Street and ending at John Knox Street.

1115hrs – Orange & Purple District 37, starting at Tullis Street and ending at John Knox Street.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Police have raised significant concern about the impact of these marches and counter protests – both on the local community and their own resources.

“The council’s decision to re-route the processions is proportionate and maintains the participants’ right to assembly while addressing those concerns.”

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Clean-up Campaign for Seven Lochs Area

Volunteers from local community groups, schools and business in Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire are helping out as part of a campaign to Clean Up Seven Lochs.

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The clean-up campaign, which runs until early June, is organised by the Seven Lochs Partnership under the banner of the nationwide Clean Up Scotland campaign, which is run by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

At least 15 clean-up days have been organised at 10 sites across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, which is being developed as Scotland’s largest urban heritage park thanks to a £4.5 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The campaign has already seen Glenboig Development Trust and Northern Corridor Community Volunteers work together with local people to clean up Glenboig, and volunteers from Glasgow Community Energy take action on litter in Easterthouse Town Centre.

So far the campaign has seen pupils from Lochend High School clean up Bishop Loch local nature reserve as part of their John Muir Award, while volunteers from the Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves and the John Lewis ‘Partners in the Community’ initiative helped remove over 20 bags of rubbish from Hogganfield Park.

Over the May bank holiday weekend volunteers from community groups and businesses will help clean-up five parks and nature reserves, and in early June Glasgow City Council will work with Provanhall Housing Association and others to carry out an intensive ‘week of action’ at litter and fly tipping hot spots on the edge of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Commenting on the Clean Up Seven Lochs campaign Councillor Maureen Burke, Chair of the Seven Lochs Partnership, outlined plans for the park and asked for local people and businesses to support the initiative and get involved.

Councillor Burke said:

“Litter and fly tipping are a problem across the Seven Lochs Wetland Park area. It reduces pride in our area and studies have shown that littered places increase the fear of crime and affect our health and wellbeing.

“The Clean Up Seven Lochs campaign will take immediate action as well as encouraging local people to come up with further ideas that will have a long lasting impact.  Once the area is cleaned up, we’ll be looking to keep Seven Lochs beautiful – including planting wildflowers for biodiversity, working in partnership with local businesses to reduce litter, and encouraging people to report fly-tipping as soon as it happens. We want the Seven Lochs Wetland Park to be a great place to visit, and taking action on litter is a key part of that.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“The Seven Lochs Partnership, and schools, community groups and businesses around the park, are to be commended for the difference they are making to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.  Their work, and the work of thousands of other volunteers like them across Scotland, are the foundation of our Clean Up Scotland campaign.

“Scenery and landscape are the number one reason for visiting Scotland, so it is essential that we make Scotland clean, green and sustainable. The Seven Lochs Partnership is doing a fantastic job to help us achieve this goal.”

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COURAGEOUS Sara Wilson who beat cancer as a student but lost her dad to the disease launched Scotland’s biggest Race for Life today which marked its 25th anniversary.

Sara aged 25 was chosen as VIP to kick off Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Glasgow. She sounded the bell to send around 6,500 participants on the 5K and 10K courses from Glasgow Green and was cheered on by event host, Heart Scotland’s Des Clarke. Glen Griffiths, 13, of Clarkston who is a member of the Giffnock North running club was the first home, completing the 5K in 19 minutes 57 seconds.

The event also included 18 members of the Strathaven Superhoopers who power hooped their way through the entire 5K course. An incredible £20 million has been raised in Glasgow to fund gentler and more effective treatments for cancer since Scotland’s first Race for Life event was held in the city in spring 1995. Money raised every year helps scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.

Runners at the finish line.
Race for Life Glasgow 2019.

Sara who was only a baby when Race for Life first started knows exactly why raising funds to give others more tomorrows is vital. Her dad Derek Wilson who was a keen runner was 47 when he died from skin cancer on Boxing Day 2008. Sara, who was studying for her school exams at the time, was devastated. She went on to win a place at university but it was a hammerblow when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma- a cancer of the white blood cells- just before her 21st birthday.

Sara of Dennistoun, Glasgow said: “Cancer scares me as it has taken away so much from my family.

“It broke my heart when my dad died. Dad knew he was going to die and worried about telling me when I was studying for my exams. But losing Dad spurred me on. I was determined to pass my exams, to go on and achieve everything I could in life that would have made Dad proud. That’s why it felt unfair so soon afterwards when I found myself listening to a doctor telling me that I had cancer.”

Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.*

Sara, who is now clear of cancer, also took part in the Race for Life Glasgow today with her boyfriend, Ross Alexander, 27. It was an emotional moment as Sara crossed the finish line and recalled everything she’d been through. She was studying criminology at Abertay University when she started feeling unwell, developing a lump on the left side of her neck, suffering night sweats and constant feelings of exhaustion. After a series of blood tests, nothing could have prepared her for the news on October 30 2014 that she had cancer. Sara’s step mum, Lillian Snowden drove straight over to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to help Sara.

Sara said: “I was in shock but my step mum just dropped everything to be there for me.

“She’d already supported my dad through cancer and she knew what to do. I don’t know if I could have got through it without her but she was calm and positive. I have so much to thank her for. Sometimes in life you just need a hug from someone who knows you really well and cares.”

Doctors warned that cancer treatment could affect Sara’s chances of having a baby in the future so advised a cycle of fertility treatment to freeze her eggs. Sara then went to Disneyland Paris for a surprise weekend away to celebrate her 21st birthday before starting cancer treatment in February.

Runners at the finish line.
Race for Life Glasgow 2019.

Sara endured 12 cycles of chemotherapy over six months. A low point was losing her long dark hair due to side effects. She had her final chemotherapy treatment on July 9 2015 which should have been her university graduation day. Instead Sara faced another year before graduating but tests showed she was clear of cancer.

Sara said: “My step mum took me on an amazing holiday to Disneyland in California that summer when I finished treatment.

“I had loved Disney as I was growing up. Even now as an adult, Disney reminds me of a nicer, simpler time. It brings back good memories of my dad too.”

And Sara who completed the Glasgow half marathon just months after completing treatment has wise words for anyone going through cancer today.

Sara said: “Everyone is different so do what you need to do to get through cancer.

“Cancer changed me. I’m definitely stronger. I’m more likely to take chances and grab opportunities now. I remember one of the cancer nurses saying, ‘remember, you’re only in your twenties. It’s so important to still live your life.’ I hope Dad would still be proud of me and by doing this I’ll help others who are going through cancer right now.”

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world. An exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists in Glasgow first manufactured the brain cancer drug, temozolomide. Thousands of people now benefit from treatment with this drug worldwide.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Sara and everyone who came along to make Race for Life Glasgow in its 25th year so successful.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime.  Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.  To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.

“It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

To enter Race for Life today visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Taking the message to the front door of BBC

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Rallies against the prosecution of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland have been held across the UK including Glasgow.
Hundreds of people – many of them waving banners in support of an Army veteran being prosecuted for the murder of two men on Bloody Sunday – protested outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow.  Rallies were also held in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Northern Ireland.
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 Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland organised the event, follow the announcement by Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt earlier this week that British troops and veterans would be given stronger legal protections against prosecution – proposals that exclude alleged offences in Northern Ireland.
Six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Conflict are currently facing prosecution.
In the case of Bloody Sunday, a former British soldier known as Soldier F faces prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney in Londonderry in 1972. They were shot dead at a civil rights march.
The decision to exclude soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Conflict angered protesters outside the BBC in Glasgow, as many veterans expressed anger at what they say is a lack of media coverage of the issue.
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One elderly veteran added: “Ex service-personnel didn’t ask to go to Northern Ireland, they were sent there, following orders. So if anything, the government was to blame, not the individual soldier.”
The Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland has said that of 26 so-called Conflict legacy cases it has taken decisions on since 2011, 13 related to republicans, eight to loyalists, and five were connected to the Army.  The rallies on Saturday were the latest in a series of protests over the last few months, including the Million Veterans March.
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Suzanne Fernando, Founding member of Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland said: “I felt honoured to have been in the company of Retired Lt Colonel John Charteris MBE MC and the one and only Mr Dennis Hutchings, both of whom I have the upmost respect and admiration for.  Last Saturday we had a phenomenal day with 900 on parade and a further 100 non marchers attending, the constant sound of applause and support from the crowds melted my heart and will stay with me forever, but the lack of media attention was evident which is why we chose to join forces by taking part in the rally outside the BBC.  Our group has given those of us who served in Operation Banner “one voice”. It’s allowed us to show our complete dismay at the betrayal we have faced at the hands of our politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Huchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, we all need closure, the government need to stop ignoring us, get their heads out the sand, tear up the good Friday agreement and apologise to each and every soldier they’ve put through hell as a result of this ridiculous witch hunt.
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?  Something needs to change and it needs to change NOW.  No human being should have to endure what our brave heroes endured, they deserve nothing but respect and admiration for serving their Queen and Country, instead almost 50 years later they continue to be persecuted, woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.  We now hear that Soldiers and veterans are to get greater protection from historical war crimes allegations who served abroad, However, any new measures would not apply to cases arising in Northern Ireland.  Why not?
We who served in NI are the NEW FORGOTTEN ARMY it seems!
Our veterans are the most important people in our country, because without them you wouldn’t have a country so let’s put a stop to this once and for all.”

Council approves £290,000 developer funding towards Sauchiehall Avenue

Glasgow City Council today (16 May) approved the use of £290,237 of ENV2 funding towards the Sauchiehall Avenue public realm project.


The Sauchiehall Avenue – now nearing completion of its first phase – is the first project in the wider Avenues programme in Glasgow city centre, which is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal.


This ENV2 funding comes from development activity on council-owned land in the local council ward, and will specifically contribute to the £372,289 cost of the refurbishment of the northern footway of Sauchiehall Avenue between Charing Cross and Rose Street.  This allocation will allow the redistribution of an equivalent amount of City Deal funding to the second phase of Sauchiehall Avenue, and lead to a greater quality of intervention in both phases.


The Avenues programme will bring economic, environmental and social benefits to everyone who lives, works, studies, shops, goes out or invests in the city centre, creating a more attractive and healthier environment and encouraging active travel.  This is being done through the provision of new public realm, ‘smart’ surface water management infrastructure, enhanced public walkways, new cycle tracks, junction upgrades and new trees.


Work on the next phase of the Sauchiehall Avenue project – from Rose Street to Buchanan Street – is currently being designed with work on-site expected to begin in the Summer of 2020, with completion in late 2021.

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Glasgow Rally 2019

It’s 50 years since Op Banner.
For those of you not familiar with why Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Scotland was established, I was asked by Founding Member, Alan Barry to set it up in order to form a united front in our fight against the one-sided witch hunt of the ongoing legacy enquiries.
This group has enabled those who served in Operation Banner ” one voice”. It’s allowed them to show their complete dismay at the betrayal they have faced at the hands of politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Hutchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, the government need to stop ignoring our veterans, get their heads out the sand, rip up the good friday agreement and apologise to each and every soldier they’ve put through hell as a result of this.
Dennis is 77 years old with poor health and has been charged with attempted murder from an incident in Northern Ireland 42 years ago.  Despite his poor health, living so far away, he is still determined to come up here to Glasgow this coming Saturday 18th to stand with Million Veterans Scotland at the BBC and thank them for supporting him.   Dennis Hutchings is not alone and what is happening is directly in contradiction to what the Prime Minister herself personally promised.  She was asked during a recent debate if she could inform people like Dennis exactly what she has done and what she is doing to end this process that is abhorrant to so many people in this country.
The Prime Minister replied by saying, she has been clear about Northern Irelands past, and that it clearly isn’t working well for anyone.  She continued to state the obvious facts we’re all very aware of like the 3,500 that died during the troubles and that the majority of them murdered by terrorists. She herself admitted the system needs to change for better outcomes but as we know it’s simply not good enough.   Teresa May is so out of touch on many, many issues. Her tenacity is not to be admired but rather seen as an unwanted, only just elected career politician desperately clinging to power at any cost.  And where’s Tony Blair sculking amidst all this?
She admits that the way things are being investigated is not fit for purpose, well if that’s the case why hasn’t she put a stop to it!  So Teresa May is doing, and has continued to do nothing.   AND God help us all if May is in cahoots with Corbyn!!  She’s a perfect example of talking for 90 seconds without saying one word with meaning in answer to a very simple question.  She did what most politicians do & completely ignore the question and give a generalised nonsensical answer.  If she has an ounce of dignity she needs to resign for the good of our country.
Our soldiers deserve nothing less than immunity, a public apology, compensation, burning the good friday agreement and putting terrorists back in jail where they belong.
This group has allowed veterans to show their complete dismay at the betrayal they have faced at the hands of politicians.  Veterans like Dennis Huchings, Soldier B and soldier F need closure, we all need closure, the government need to stop ignoring us.  No more media blackouts. Theirs only so long they can continue to ignore us!
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?
Something needs to change and it needs to change NOW.
TRIALS of veterans for incidents in The Troubles should be moved from Northern Ireland to the mainland in the interests of justice, I’ve no faith whatsover any would get a fair trial in Northern Ireland. Dennis is one of five British soldiers facing trial over The Troubles.  If they say they cannot get a jury for a case in Northern Ireland, all service people facing trial there should have the option of being tried in England, Scotland or Wales.  That would remove the need for a judge-only trial and give veterans – whether of the Armed Forces or RUC – the right to appear before a jury.
Recently prosecutors announced that one soldier – Soldier F – will be prosecuted over Bloody Sunday.
Can you imagine Soldier F getting a fair trial in Northern Ireland? It’s impossible. Dennis has been called a murderer in the Northern Ireland media. I have no faith in the system there.
Dennis served for 26 years in the Life Guards, and will continue to deny charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent over the 1974 shooting incident.  Dennis has twice been investigated and cleared over the killing of John Pat Cunningham, 27.  But in 2015 Dennis, the last survivor of the three soldiers in the immediate area of the incident, was arrested and charged over the death.  Under Tony Blair’s Good Friday Agreement, more than 500 convicted terrorists were released early and 300 on-the-run letters or “Letters of Comfort” were issued to suspected terrorists telling them they would not be pursued.  At that time the IRA was on its knees. It could not do anything without us knowing about it.  But Sinn Fein had Blair round its little finger and he was prepared to sacrifice us to get his bit of glory. He’s not alone. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May also forgot us.  We need to get the message out as to how our soldiers have been treated.  During The Troubles between the late 1960s and 1998 more than 3,500 people were killed including 722 members of the Armed Forces and Police.
British veterans have been betrayed and we want to get the message out, our soldiers went there to keep the peace and while terrorists have been let out of jail the British Government is hounding veterans in a witch-hunt.  Mrs May has repeatedly told MPs that the current balance of investigations in relation to the Troubles is “patently unfair.  The Northern Ireland Office is drawing up plans for a new approach to “legacy” killings in The Troubles and is under pressure now to introduce a 10-year time limit for prosecutions.  But all moves on the reform have been held up by parliamentary logjam caused by Brexit.
We literally have thousands upon thousands who will not let this lie & all despite the mass media blackout. They can’t ignore us forever!
It’s getting serious, this isn’t anything that is going to go away.  Fairness & humility IS NOT a lot to ask for.
So many terrorists had the slate wiped clean as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. How the hell can evidence after 40/50 years possibly be sound?
I can’t begin to imagine what our British soldiers witnessed during the troubles, what they went through for our great country.  They put their lives in danger every day patrolling the streets in Northern Ireland, doing their best to saves lives and keep the peace while terrorists deliberatly planted bombs under police cars, planted bombs in a pub full of innocents and yet these murdering evil scumbags walk free.  Now you tell me where the justice is in that!
No human being should have to endure what our brave heroes endured, they deserve nothing but respect and admiration for serving their Queen and Country, instead almost 50 years later they continue to be persecuted, woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.
Well the government need to wake up and realise we’re not going anywhere, we’re here to stay and as our numbers increase as does our passion for justice.  They need to do the right thing and put an end to this once and for all.
Our veterans are the most important people in our country…
because without them you wouldn’t have a country
Next Protest at the BBC Glasgow
Sat 18th May

Three well-presented individual consulting rooms to let – Killearn


Studio Space To Rent – Killearn
(next door to the Pharmacy) – Available October 2019

Single unit split into 3 well-presented individual consulting rooms.

Great opportunity for Dentists, Opticians, Physio, Beauty Therapists complimenting the local Health Centre.


Courtesy of the DPGroup.

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Join Bookbug’s Big Picnic!

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Free events across Glasgow for Bookbug Week 2019

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, invites families to join Bookbug’s Big Picnic from 13 – 19 May. During Bookbug Week 2019, hundreds of free events will be held across the country, as part of the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions.

Five Fat Peas will be gifted during Bookbug Week sessions: a selection of song and rhymes about Bookbug’s favourites foods, that families can enjoy together. The actions, words and tunes are available in Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the new, free Bookbug app.

Bookbug Song and Rhyme Mats, designed by illustrator Esther Kent, will also be distributed during Bookbug Week Sessions. The free, fun-filled Story and Rhyme Sessions for babies to four-year-olds are attended by thousands of parents and children every year. To tie in with this year’s theme, many Bookbug Sessions will provide healthy picnic food.

Scottish Book Trust is also partnering with Stoats to provide their new children’s ‘Stoaters’ oat bars to Bookbug Sessions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Stoats will also be running competitions across their social media channels, with the opportunity to win a custom bundle of books and a mini Bookbug doll for your child.

The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will hold a special Bookbug Week event with award-winning poet Joseph Coelho on Wednesday, 15 May. Hosted by the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow, Joseph will read picnic-related poetry to parents and their children. Scottish Friendly will also gift free books to those attending the Bookbug session.

Schools and nurseries across the country can register to watch a special Authors Live event with illustratorEmily MacKenzie, who was shortlisted for The Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2018. Emily will read from her picture book, There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream! The event will be streamed from 11am, Thursday 16 May and pupils can draw-along.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Bookbug Week is now in its ninth year, and families and carers can celebrating by joining Bookbug’s Big Picnic. We hope everyone enjoys the fantastic songs and rhymes in Five Fat Peas along with our beautiful Song and Rhyme Mats. If you’ve never attended a Bookbug Session before, Bookbug Week is the perfect time to try: everyone is welcome.”

Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People said:


“Bookbug’s Big Picnic helps to encourage an early love of books among children whilst also providing great opportunities for parents, carers and their children to spend time together, learning through reading and singing.

“The Song and Rhyme sessions are a fantastic way for families to bond and the learning materials in the Bookbug bags have simple reading, writing and counting activities for parents to try at home with their children. Sharing just one song or rhyme a day can make a big difference to a child’s development and give parent and child a chance to share a special moment together.”


Tony Stone, Managing Director at Stoats said:

“Stoats are delighted to provide natural, tasty snacks for all the wee stoaters coming along to special Bookbug Week events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Have fun!”

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme. The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first 5 years, gifting 800,000 books every year. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over 660,000 parents and children in 2017-18

Key highlights of Bookbug Week include:


  • 10.30am – 12pm, Tuesday 14 May: Bookbug’s Big Autism Friendly Picnic at Dennistoun Library
  • 2pm & 3pm Monday 13 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
  • 11am & 12pm Tuesday 14 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
  • 2pm & 3pm Wednesday 15 May: Play Talk Read bus at Royston Primary School
  • 10.30am & 11.30am Thursday 16 May: Play Talk Read bus at 160 Helenvale Street
  • 11am – 12.30am: Saturday 18 May: Bookbug’s Big Picnic with appearance from Bookbug at Hillhead Library

Search for all Glasgow Bookbug Week events on Scottish Book Trust’s website.



Notes to Editors


Photo caption: Join in Bookbug’s Big Picnic! Children from TLC Nursery in Kirkintilloch get ready for Bookbug Week 2019: free events will take place across Scotland from 13th to 19th May.

For media enquiries please contact Keara Donnachie, PR and Marketing Manager at Scottish Book Trust, on Keara.Donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184.


Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:

  • Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.

In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.

www.scottishbooktrust.com   @scottishbktrust   www.facebook.com/scottishbktrust



The Bookbug programme is managed by Scottish Book Trust and run in partnership with libraries, health professionals and nurseries. The programme benefits from sponsorship from children’s publishers and central funding from the Scottish Government through a grant from the Children and Families Directorate. Bookbug also receives support from Local Authorities, Library Services and Health Boards through the provision of local staff time and logistics solutions.

Bookbug Sessions are run by local libraries and community groups. Over 24,000 Bookbug Sessions happen across Scotland every year. These are free, fun-filled story and rhyme sessions for babies to four-year-olds, attended by thousands of parents and children a year. Details of local Bookbug Sessions can be found here.

Bookbug’s targeted outreach programme, Bookbug for the Home, trains Early Years practitioners to give support to families on a one-to-one basis. Since 2012, Bookbug for the Home has helped over 14,000 families, encouraging parents to do more talking, book sharing and singing with their children.

Scottish Book Trust also supports the delivery of Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Scotland (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5).

Scottish Book Trust recently launched a new Bookbug app for parents/carers and children to enjoy together. The free app is designed to complement Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions, offering greater accessibility to rhymes and songs to families across Scotland. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.




Creative Scotland


Scottish Book Trust is supported by Creative Scotland through Regular Funding. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland


Stoats is an independent company owned and operated by founders Tony Stone and Bob Arnott and is based in Loanhead, Midlothian.

All Stoats products are made from a unique blend of premium Scottish oats, only ever combined with the best natural ingredients.

Stoaters bars are made with puffed wholegrain oats and real fruit pieces with no added sugar.

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Visitor Boom to see Orchids in Bloom


Thousands of people are expected to attend Glasgow’s 22nd annual Orchid Fair this weekend (Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12).

Celebrating all things orchid, the free event will take place in the Kibble Palace glasshouse at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. Doors open from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.


Specialist orchid nurseries will display and sell exquisite orchid plants in flower and offer advice on how to keep them.

The Scottish Orchid Society and the Orchid Society of North East England will also put on stunning displays and be on hand to provide cultivation tips.

In addition, the Glasgow Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society will have on display a range of plants to admire and purchase.

Ewen Donaldson, General Manager of Glasgow Botanic Gardens, said: “Our annual Orchid Fair is always a very popular event with the public who enjoy seeing the many varieties of plants on display.  Orchids have a reputation of being difficult to care for but if you learn a few tricks of the trade, even a beginner will be able to keep them looking good.”

The Orchid Fair will be set up on the Friday afternoon.  Doors open at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.  For those who can’t wait until then, there is a permanent collection of orchids at the Botanic Gardens to admire any day of the year.

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2019 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows announced

Four Writers Awarded a Month-Long Residency in France


Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, is delighted to announce that the four Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships for 2019 have been awarded to Bernard McLaverty, Linda Cracknell, Philip Miller and Maria Fusco. The Fellows were selected by a panel, which changes every year.

The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson enthusiast, and is supported by Creative Scotland. Intended to give writers a chance to escape the routine and distractions of their everyday lives to devote time to their writing, itprovides residencies for four writers at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing, France. Travel and accommodation costs are covered, plus a grant of £300 per week for living expenses.

Grez-sur-Loing is at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau and was chosen because of its connections with Robert Louis Stevenson who first visited in 1875. It was there, at the Hôtel Chevillon, that he met his future wife Fanny Osbourne.

Previous Fellows include Liz Lochhead, Jenni Fagan, Jo Clifford, James Robertson and Louise Welsh. As well as the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, Scottish Book Trust supports writers through initiatives such as the New Writers Awards, Next Chapter Award, the ‘What’s Your Story?’ programme for young writers and the Live Literature Fund, which makes funding available to enable authors to visit schools and communities.

2019 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows:


Bernard McLaverty

Bernard was born in Belfast and lived there until 1975, when he moved to Scotland. He now lives in Glasgow, and has published five novels and five collections of short stories, most of which are gathered into Collected Stories (2013). He has written versions of his fiction for other media including radio plays, television plays, screenplays and libretti.

Bernard’s recent novel, Midwinter Break, has been shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2019. The author was also awarded The Sunday Herald’s ‘Writer of the Year’ (2018) in Scotland and Novel of the Year in Ireland (2017) and. During his Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, he plans to work on a new book of short stories.


Bernard McLaverty said:

“I am honoured and delighted to have been awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. To be away from the everyday routine of home, among visual artists, in rural surroundings in France sounds an ideal situation for making progress on a new book of short stories. Stimulation and full time focus – what could be better?”


Linda Cracknell

Linda is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and occasional radio drama based in Aberfeldy, Perthshire. Following two collections of short stories, her novel Call of the Undertow was published in 2013.

Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory, published in 2014, is an account of a series of walks Linda took, each following a story from the past – personal, biographical or communal. It was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week on publication. She has continued to write about walking in magazine pieces for the Walkhighlands online magazine and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Stirling University.

Linda aims use her time during the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship to initiate some completely new work, including radio drama proposals and a non-fiction project which, fittingly to Robert Louis Stevenson, involves sea, ships and even some pirates.

Linda Cracknell said:

“This is a wonderful gift of space and time in which to recharge my own writing journey whilst drawing on the legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose spirit of adventure and creativity inspired by travel were such a driving force in his writing as they are in my own.”


Philip Miller

Philip grew up in the north of England, and moved to Scotland in 1992 to attend Edinburgh University. As a journalist, he has worked for The Glaswegian, for The Scotsman as Arts Reporter, as Scottish Art Correspondent for The Sunday Times, and since 2002, has been Arts Correspondent of The Herald. He has twice been named Arts Writer of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards.

He is the author of two published books, The Blue Horse (2015) and All The Galaxies(2017), and his poetry has been published online and in print. During his Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, Philip plans to complete a new novel, The Spook School, which is set in the Scottish art world. He also hopes to edit and revise some poems and gather them together in a collection.

Philip Miller said:

“I was so delighted and surprised to be told I had been chosen for this Fellowship. My writing time has for many years been squeezed into the gaps between journalism and life, and this brilliant opportunity will give me time and space to concentrate on it alone. This is my first residency, and I am determined to use it to the full. Thank you to Scottish Book Trust and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for this, a wonderful gift.”


Maria Fusco

Maria is an interdisciplinary writer born in Belfast and based in Glasgow. She is the author of five books of fiction, two screenplays, three radio broadcasts and one theatre play. Her experimental radio play, Master Rock, performed and recorded inside Ben Cruachan in Argyll and Bute, is commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4, was nominated by Frieze magazine as one of the best works of 2015.

Maria is currently a Professor at Northumbria University and tutor at Arvon and Faber Academy. During her Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, she plans to complete her debut novel, Heart of a Peach, about surveillance and forgetfulness.

Maria Fusco said:

“I am absolutely chuffed and so grateful to receive the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. The air, pace and serenity at Hotel Chevillon will make an immeasurable difference at a crucial time to my writing life.”


Marc Lambert, CEO at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for writers to work in seclusion on a specific project, in such beautiful and historic surroundings. Congratulations to our new Fellows, all of us at Scottish Book Trust look forward to supporting them on the next stage of their creative journey.”

Mairi Kidd, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland said:

“The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship has given writers time and space to focus on their work in an inspiring setting for many years and this year’s Fellows are a wonderful addition to the roster of previous recipients. We wish all the writers every success with their work in the Hôtel Chevillon and thereafter.”