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Dearest Scotland, future nation in letters

Posted onJuly 18, 2014

Dearest Scotland, future nation in letters

Dearest Scotland, future nation in letters

Take a pen and a piece of paper and write a letter to the future of Scotland…

WHAT sounds like an archaic sentiment in a digital age has sparked a revival in letter writing thanks to a project by the name of Dearest Scotland.

The apolitical initiative has caught imaginations in the year of the independence referendum by inviting letters and illustrations from people of all ages across the world with a connection to, or vested interest in Scotland.

Focused on crowdsourcing from a widest possible demographic with the aim of giving a platform to citizens’ voices, Dearest Scotland’s co-founder, Sarah Drummond, recently spoke of the aspiration to receive handwritten letters that capture insights to what a future Scotland may look like.

Sarah said: “Our team at Snook work in grassroots communities and we hear great ideas everyday from ordinary people. Sadly there is no platform for these voices to be heard in the mainstream media, by governments or local authorities. Dearest Scotland aims to address that.”

For an idea that originated before the independence referendum was announced, since its official launch in March of this year, Dearest Scotland has received a cross-section of letters keen to articulate visions that reach beyond the political debate of the September 18th vote.

While the project proves that the art of letter writing isn’t dead, also provided is the choice to write and illustrate letters digitally via the Dearest Scotland website. Not resting on their laurels in merely collecting letters with no outlet for exposure, Sarah also spoke of the plans to publish received letters in a collated book format.

She said: “Everyone who writes to Dearest Scotland has the chance to see their letter published. This allows for the opportunity to read what people of all ages from every part of the country have to say about their hopes and fears for a future Scotland both in connection to and outside of politics and the referendum.”

While new letters are catalogued daily, Sarah’s aim is to publish the visions in an open source digital catalogue – in addition to the book format - post 13th September 2014, the deadline for submissions; all proceeds of which will be donated to new and existing Scottish literary projects.

While the Dearest Scotland team embark on a summer tour of Scottish venues and events, keen to reach out to towns and rural areas, the initiative has caught the attention of politicians. MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, Bill Kidd, in June lodged a parliamentary motion in support of the project. Given a debate date of 13th August 2014, the motion has received cross-party support from a further 25 members of the Scottish parliament. There are also plans to exhibit a display of letters by theScottish Rural Parliament in November and within Holyrood in early 2015.

Of the letters received, Sarah’s business partner and project co-founder, Lauren Currie, added: “We all have a box of letters stashed away somewhere that fill our hearts with joy every time we dig them out and reread them. Dearest Scotland is our nation’s box of letters. These letters are so much more than communication, they are re-imagining the future of Scotland.”

To find out more information about Dearest Scotland’s project, summer tour, or to submit a future vision of Scotland, visit…

www.dearestscotland.com 

Book launch Friends in High places

Posted onFebruary 11, 2014

Book launch Friends in High places

Book launch Friends in High places

 

 

 

Book launch Friends in High places in Monifieth at the weekend.

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The Dundee Channel dropped in at the Friends in High Places Book Launch event in Monifieth last night. The book by a local author and businesswoman Eileen Rolland is fiction but based on actual events. Friends, family and past and present work colleagues were invited to the red carpet event at the Panmure Hotel in Monifieth.

The launch of the book which focuses on the role of spiritual elements within everyones life whet the appetite with the following excerpt

Have you ever lost something precious? If so, you’ll know the anguish
and anxiety you feel at its loss. You may also know the joy and
exhilaration of finding it again. The question is, do you value it more now
that you found it? Ellen does. She had not realised the importance of
knowing her true Self and the capabilities she had to heal people and
situations. She put it all aside in order to be ‘normal’. It didn’t leave her,
however. It remained dormant until she was ready to find it again and
accept it as her own. Of course, she had a little help from her
Friends in High Places…

Friends in High Places book launch event

Posted onFebruary 9, 2014

Friends in High Places book launch event

Friends in High Places  book launch event

 

 

 

 

The Dundee Channel dropped in at the Friends in High Places Book Launch event in Monifieth last night. The book by a local author and businesswoman Eileen Rolland is fiction but based on actual events. Friends, family and past and present work colleagues were invited to the red carpet event at the Panmure Hotel in Monifieth.

The launch of the book which focuses on the role of spiritual elements within everyones life whet the appetite with the following excerpt

Have you ever lost something precious? If so, you’ll know the anguish
and anxiety you feel at its loss. You may also know the joy and
exhilaration of finding it again. The question is, do you value it more now
that you found it? Ellen does. She had not realised the importance of
knowing her true Self and the capabilities she had to heal people and
situations. She put it all aside in order to be ‘normal’. It didn’t leave her,
however. It remained dormant until she was ready to find it again and
accept it as her own. Of course, she had a little help from her
Friends in High Places…

A video from the event will be on line later this week.

 

Ancestors in the Arctic

Posted onDecember 6, 2013

Ancestors in the Arctic

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For over 160 years, Dundee sent ships to the Arctic to hunt the whales. It was a brutal, dangerous business but one which was vital to the economy of the city. As well as providing baleen or whalebone, the whaling ships brought home skins for the leather industry and oil that was essential for the scores of jute mills and factories. Ships built in Dundee became famous as possibly the best vessels for polar exploration of their time and Dundee seamen were sought for their experience and skill. The McManus Museum in Dundee holds a whaling collection that is recognised as being of national importance. One of the most significant parts of the collection is the images of whaling ships, whaling men and the Inuit of the Arctic. This book shows some of the most evocative images, together with explanatory text. There is also a brief introduction that explains the importance of the collection and the whaling industry to Dundee.

Born in Edinburgh and educated at Dundee University, Malcolm has had a variety of occupations from postman to college lecturer. His first published article was at the age of 17, his first book, ‘Scottish Battles’ was published in 1990 and he usually has a number of ongoing projects. In 1999 his ‘Mother Law’ was a runner up at the inaugral Dundee Book Prize; in 2005 his ‘Whales for the Wizard’ won it outright and in 2011 his ‘The Darkest Walk’ was a winner in the People’s Book Prize. An eclectic writer, he works with a variety of genres. He is happily married to Cathy and has a grown family. He is the author of three books chronicling crime and punishment in Victorian times – A Sink of Atrocity, Glasgow: The Real Mean City, and Whisky Wars, Riots and Murder. He lives near Elgin in Northern Scotland.

The book is available from all good book stores and on amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancestors-Arctic-Photographic-History-Whaling/dp/1845027159

 

Alexander McGregor author interview The Law Killers

Posted onOctober 14, 2013

Alexander McGregor author interview

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The man behind The Law Killers Alexander McGregor was interviewed in Waterstones Dundee.  The former Chief Reporter at The Courier & Evening Telegraph and now author of the number 1 best seller The Law Killers was interviewed as a New Updated Edition comes out. Alexander McGregor has had a special interest in crime for most of his journalistic career. He was Chief Reporter on Dundee’s daily newspapers, The Courier and The Evening Telegraph, and also a columnist. He was a contributor to the bestselling book Dundee: A Voyage of Discovery and has taken part in televised crime documentaries. Alexander McGregor is also the author of the crime novel Lawless.

True crime from Dundee, covering the most fascinating and shocking cases from the last century. Having reported on many of them first-hand, journalist Alexander McGregor has unique insight into the cases and his stories are as chilling as they are compelling. In The Law Killers Alexander examines some of the country’s most fascinating and chilling cases and peels back the civilised layers of our society to reveal what lies beneath.

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Alexander McGregor author of The Law Killers

Posted onOctober 10, 2013

Alexander McGregor author of The Law Killers

The man behind The Law Killers Alexander McGregor was interviewed in Waterstones Dundee today.  The former Chief Reporter at The Courier & Evening Telegraph and now author of the number 1 best seller The Law Killers was interviewed as a New Updated Edition comes out. Alexander McGregor has had a special interest in crime for most of his journalistic career. He was Chief Reporter on Dundee’s daily newspapers, The Courier and The Evening Telegraph, and also a columnist. He was a contributor to the bestselling book Dundee: A Voyage of Discovery and has taken part in televised crime documentaries. Alexander McGregor is also the author of the crime novel Lawless.

Alexander McGregor author of The Law Killers

http://www.blackandwhitepublishing.com/index.php/author/view/alexander_mcgregor

Dundee Channel launches Edit 4 and Edit 5

Posted onDecember 6, 2012

Dundee Channel launches Edit 4 and Edit 5

The Dundee Channel has built on its recent success by introducing a 4th and 5th edit desk. A web update desk has also been introduced to separate its web site building operation from the video channel for the first time. Three video editors will work under the Channel Editor now based in Whitehall Street, Dundee. There will be an increase in video content and local businesses and the public will notice an increased visual presence in Dundee City Centre from January 2013. The remaining edit suites provide an overflow and back up system and are preparation for the development of a live feed system.

Dundee Channel triples its output capability

Posted onDecember 1, 2012

Dundee Channel triples its output capability

The Dundee Channel has launchedThe Dundee Channel has launched Edit 3 a third dedicated edit suite. Edit 3 a third dedicated edit suite. The Channel processes a huge amount of video footage every year – now in excess of 2500 videos since its launch in 2009 – and has just tripled its capacity at a stroke to over 1,000 edited videos per year. It’s important to remember that The Channels business model means it produces some videos which are never seen on The Channel. Finding an audience for the on line content was always the challenge but with an audience base of 470,000+ a year and a growing list of both advertisers and programme sponsors – the editing capacity is to continue to be increased over the next year allowing producers to create more original content rather than repeat the same local news stories.

Married With Snails

Posted onSeptember 27, 2012

Married With Snails

Married With SnailsReality Theatre are staging Married with Snails this Saturday at Roseangle Gallery.

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Brand new G.H.O.S.T.

Posted onAugust 21, 2012

Brand new G.H.O.S.T.

Brand new G.H.O.S.T. The Dundee Channel returns to producing its original paranormal series and its a good one. Dr Fiona Bruce (Elaine Anderson) is investigating poltergeist activity and soon needs more help to unravel the mystery. Ghosthunters Tourk Baxter (Scott Somerville) and Murray Wilson (Brent Cosford) are soon on the case. There’s been quite a gap between episodes 2 and 3 but this has been to allow The Dundee Channel to grow its business and now its drama production is set to return with more G.H.O.S.T. planned to shoot in September.


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