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  • The Great Gatsby 2013 film poster

    The Great Gatsby and re-reading

    As the new film version hits cinemas we dissect the enduring appeal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel and ask what makes a book particularly re-readable.

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  • Wall Song by Aidan John Moffat

    Legendary Scottish songwriter and musician Aidan Moffat's song about his favourite place.

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  • The Torch Is On Its Way (Vocal and Guitar version)

    We have a commisioned a very special song for Bookbug Week called The Torch Is on Its way. You will find the recording of the vocal and guitar to this above and you will hear this in your local Bookbug Session over Bookbug Week. We hope you will join in and sing along to help us celebrate Bookbug...

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  • The Torch Is On Its Way (Vocal only version)

    We have commisioned a very special song for Bookbug Week called The Torch Is on Its way. You will find the vocal to this above and you will hear this in your local Bookbug Session over Bookbug Week. We hope you will join in and sing along to help us celebrate Bookbug Week!

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  • Tommy Thumb

    Listen to and download this traditional song. The words can be found on the song page.

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  • Sleeping Bunnies

    Listen to and download this traditional song. You can find the words on the song page.

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  • Wind the Bobbin Up

    Listen to and download this traditional song. Words are on the song page.

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  • Row, row, row your boat

    Listen to and download this traditional song, and get the words on the song page.

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  • Little Wave

    Listen to and download this song by Julia Donaldson. Song words are featured on the song page.

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  • Book Talk: The Hunger Games and The Echo Chamber

    Download this podcast Paul Gallagher is joined by Holyrood High School librarian Rachel McCabe and three teenage school pupils Joanne, Lewis and Roselinta to review one of the biggest books of the moment, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They begin by asking why the book has been so popular,...

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  • Skint! feature on Radio Scotland

    This is a BBC radio broadcast with some young people from Ayr about their involvement with the Skint! project. We would like to thank the 'Sunday Morning With Ricky Ross' programme on BBC Radio Scotland, who originally broadcast this feature about Skint! Their interviewer, Bob Dickson, spoke to...

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  • The Book Box Song

    Listen to and download this song by Julia Donaldson. You can find words and actions on the song page.

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  • Boxer Beetle cover and Ned Beauman image

    Boxer Beetle

    Paul Gallagher is joined by Peggy Hughes, City of Literature’s Communications Executive and Duncan Wright, Senior School Librarian from Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh to discuss and review Boxer Beetle, the acclaimed debut novel from Ned Beauman, a part absurd historical comedy, part...

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  • Book Talk: The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles

    Paul Gallagher is joined by journalist Chitra Ramaswamy to review Scottish writer Sue Peebles' debut novel The Death of Lomond Friel . The story centres on Rosie Friel, an Edinburgh Radio presenter and minor Scottish celebrity, and how her life, and the lives of her family members, are affected...

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