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Diana’s Virtual Tour of the Kingdom of Fife ~ Dunfermline

DSCN4481.JPGDunfermline has a fascinating history, style and an air of timeless tradition; a small but pleasant town centre where you can amble from shop to amenity  without feet ache. Yes, there are signs of decline, but many new shops are taking over the empty ones and the place is beginning to buzz again. Dunfermline was, in fact, the first town we ‘lived’ in in Fife. Initially the area was a temporary home for my husband when he was commuting from Bedfordshire to Edinburgh each week. I know, people usually do that the other way around but we like to be different 🙂 We came to know the Premier Inn on Duloch Park pretty well!

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It was whilst alone at the Premier Inn that the idea for ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ was born. My initial inspiration was ~ St Margaret’s Cave, which will have its own tribute post when it reopens in the spring. In fantasy I can thank St Margaret for her guidance! (after all it is a fantasy / memoir)

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On a recent visit I was excited to spend some time in The Carnegie Library and Museum. This remarkable building has been restored, blending ancient and modern, now enjoying floor to ceiling views overlooking Dunfermline Abbey, The Abbot’s House and as far as the Forth. We whiled away a couple of hours, including a welcome coffee, and one of the librarians was pleased with my donation of a copy of my book. (I hope they buy a few too. Fingers crossed.)

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There was a touch of green eyed envy though, as I looked down on the Reading Room, with its wood panelling and quiet reflective study areas, when here at Kinghorn we are struggling to pay our huge electricity bill for out Community Library.

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Still, Carnegie would be proud of his legacy in Dunfermline, and I look forward to visiting the town’s other tourist sites including the palace, abbey and Pittencrieff Park, also donated to the town by Andrew Carnegie, his place of birth.

(Author Diana Jackson enjoys researching social history and this inspires her writing. Her latest release ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’, a fantasy / memoir, reflects her growing love for the Kingdom of Fife.)

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Andrew Carnegie Would Turn in his Grave but …

Looking backwards …The father of public libraries, Andrew Carnegie, was born in

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Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline ~    a theatre

Dunfermline and so it is unfortunate that many libraries in his home county, the Kingdom of Fife, should be closing in 2017. Over 600 libraries opened in the UK in the latter part of the nineteenth century, due to this man’s vision. I believe he will ‘turn in his grave’ at recent events.

After a major campaign, which ceased a year ago, several community groups were determined not to be defeated and took up the mantle to work towards reopening volunteer run facilities when their beloved libraries finally close. One of these groups is in The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, where I now live.

There is a willingness within the residents of Kinghorn to support this vital campaign, although many organisations already stretch our resources and the resourcefulness of such a community, including the church, the RNLI, the Rotary, Kinghorn in Bloom and I’m sure many more.

The support has been tremendous. Kinghorn Library Renewed have met for for past year to work towards a transitional phase. The passing of our current library will be a sad time for the library users here in Kinghorn and we will all miss Tricia, but with energy we can make KLR work for the people of Kinghorn once more.

I hope that, if Andrew Carnegie is looking on, he appreciates the efforts of groups up and down the county and that, after his initial frustration and possibly anger, I hope he will smile down on us!

I’ll keep you posted but meanwhile here is a link of news from The Fife Cultural Trust regarding the progress of all libraries under threat.

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KLR’s contribution to KIB’s scarecrow competition turned a few heads!

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