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A Great Big Thank You to Bakers Field and Public Image in Kirkcaldy

Much thanks to the lovely people at

Bakers Field Cafe

in Tolbooth Street, Kirkcaldy

(a welcoming wee cafe)

and to

Public Image

in The Olympia Arcade, Kirkcaldy

(the folks there have a vision and such positive energy)

for agreeing to sell ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ in aid of

The Kirkcaldy Foodbank.

Much appreciated.

 

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Celebrating two Authors Born in Kirkcaldy ~ Val Mc Dermid and Andrew Fyall

TWO AUTHORS FROM KIRKCALDY

Val Mc Dermid

Val Mc Dermid is a well known author worldwide, Scottish but also celebrated in her home town of Kirkcaldy in fact she is seen regularly  at Stack’s Park watching her home side Raith Rovers.

Val McDemid is also a prolific tweeter engaging with her readers and twitter friends in a humorous and light hearted fashion @valmcdermid

Here ‘s my latest book review of one of her books, chosen because one of the main locations is in Fife:

A Darker Domain by Val Mc Dermid

This is a multi layered crime / mystery, with flashbacks to the time of the tumultuous miners’ strike in Fife, as DI Karen Pirie works to solve two seemingly very different cold cases.

Meanwhile Bel Richmond, a freelance journalist, finds a sinister poster and some blood stains in an abandoned villa near where she is staying in Tuscany. This thrusts the lies and deception of the past right into the present as the Italian police begin to investigate. Unraveling the truth has unforeseen and tragic outcomes leaving the reader reeling.

To say that I was gripped by this novel was an understatement, not surprising baring in mind the calibre of the author.

‘A Darker Domain’ was all the more meaningful for me since the Fife coastal locations were now so familiar. Not only that but the social historical aspect of the miners’ dispute added a realistic dimension to the events. Tension was literally in the air – provocation to carry out a kidnapping which led to dire consequences.

I would never have guessed the end of the novel ~ a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

I’ve recommended it to a couple of friends already and will read the first in the series. ‘The Distant Echo’ is now on my list of ‘to read’ books.

Andrew Fyall

Andrew Fyall was also born in Kirkcaldy, was a reporter for the Daily Express and a Foreign Correspondent during the 1960’s and 1970’s. He now lives in Edinburgh.

I’ve recently been recommended to read his memoir. Here’s my review:

First in, Last Out: Memoirs by Andrew Fyall

51wWgHgKjYL._SY346_I was gripped from beginning to end of Andrew Fyall’s book through political upheaval, potential and real wars, terrorism and the world of entertainment. Reading ‘First in, Last Out’ was all the more poignant since I was reading first hand accounts of events I’ve been moved by throughout my life including The Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Luther King and The terrorist attach at the Munich Olympics. The events Andrew Fyall covered were wide ranging but also pivotal in the state of our world.

The life of a Foreign Correspondent was described in stark honesty, his successes, his reliant on instinct, ingenuity and sheer guile. Incredible but hidden behind his words, I felt, was another life of the long suffering wife and family as Andrew Fyall was sent off to far flung places at a moment’s notice, often giving hours between one assignment and the next.

Last in, First Out also gave a frank account of the ruthlessness of working for The Daily Express, one of the top newspapers in its heyday.

Excellent book.

It is fitting that I should review Andrew Fyall’s memoirs at a time when I am focussing on Kirkcaldy, specifically Kirkcaldy Foodbank. (All profits of my own fantasy/memoir ‘The Healing Paths if Fife’ are going to support the Kirkcaldy Foodbank during November and December 2019.) See a previous blog post

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Do you know any other authors who were born in Kirkcaldy? Please let me know if you do.

 

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Kirkcaldy ~ A Place of Two Halves ~ ‘Healing Paths of Fife’ in aid of Kirkcaldy Foodbank

The Merchants’ Quarter

‘Healing Paths of Fife’ in aid of Kirkcaldy Foodbank

Kirkcaldy at its best

My last post described the difficulties families are facing making ends meet in areas of Kirkcaldy but the Lang Toon is a place of two halves. There are areas of beautiful well kept stone family houses and terraces near the centre of Kirkcaldy and many points of rich cultural heritage including The Museum, library and art galleries, The Adam Smith Theatre and The Old Kirk which boasts of accomplished musical events to name but a few.

 

There are places being restored bringing back new life to the town centre including The Kings Theatre, The Olympic Arcade and the Merchant’s Quarter. See a previous post on my virtual tour of the Fife Coastal Path ~ Kirkcaldy.

Seafield Tower and the Seals

 

There are lovely walks along the promenade, out to Seafield to watch the seals or a gentle stroll to The Harbourmaster’s House in Dysart not to mention the numerous well tended parks.

Maybe a bit controversial, but there is much new building around the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, changing the demographics of the area, all of which should bring more prosperity to the town and attract businesses to establish here. A linoleum factory has even been been restored and reopened, for example, due to the ‘green nature’ of its product, bringing much needed employment to this no so wee toon.

Projects who support local folks in need in Kirkcaldy

The Kirkcaldy Foodbank, sees itself as a last resource to ensure no person is left hungry in Kirkcaldy and the surrounding areas, but there are other places which give well needed support. Here are two of them.

The Cottage Family Centre

A thriving community needs driven hub supported by Gordon Brown.

Greener Kirkcaldy

Giving practical advice and guidance regarding energy needs, also encouraging growing your own vegetables, cooking from basic ingredients and sewing etc

During November and December 2019

any royalties for copies of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’

sold on Kindle worldwide will go to

Kirkcaldy Foodbank

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Please Click on the link to buy ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’

I have had wonderful feedback about this fantasy/memoir of mine, and so I ask you to spread the word. This is my way of giving back to a supportive community in our relocation to Fife. It is only £2.99 in the UK and $3.72 in the USA. If you’ve read it already then please spread the word. If not please buy it for a good cause and let me know what you think.

 

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