Memories of Leith

IMG_20121201_151256These three brilliant Leith writers joined us for our last Book Week Scotland event ‘Memories of Leith’. They were Millie Gray (top right), Marianne Wheelaghan (bottom left) and Marianne Paget (bottom right). You can see their books on the table too.

The Event

First of all Blackwell’s best-selling author, Marianne Wheelaghan talked about growing up in Leith in the sixties. She read from her essay about visiting Leith Docks with her father. There were many nods, smiles and laughs as others shared her memories.

Did you notice the gingerbread biscuits spell out 1974? That’s because Marianne Paget read her wonderful story ‘Leith 1974’. She was one of 23 writers to get into the Scottish Book Trust ‘My Favourite Place’ Anthology. There were over 800 entries so she did amazingly.

150,000 copies of ‘My Favourite Place’ were given out during Book Week Scotland – we gave out copies all over Leith. If you missed out we still have a few copies left at the library.

Lastly, best-selling author Millie Gray read from her novels. Her latest, ‘Eighteen Cooper Street’ is set in Leith between 1907 and 1927 and Millie worked with Leith Library to research it. She entertained the crowd with stories about life and her family as well as with her reading.

After that there was time for questions and book signing. We also ate cake and drank tea.

It was lovely to welcome so many locals at the event with all ages represented from children to ladies in their nineties. Some of the knitting group came along and the MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith Malcolm Chisholm. Malcolm tweeted some lovely feedback on the event too – thanks Malcolm!

Marc’s Photos

Marc Pimbert was one of the 27 people who attended Memories of Leith. He took some great photos and sent them to us (thanks, Marc). Here they are:

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Meet the Authors

If you missed it all is not lost. You can listen to Millie, Marianne and Marianne sharing their memories of Leith on the Leith Library Blog:

Your Memories

Do you have memories of Leith? The Living Memory Association would like to hear your stories. They’re running drop-in sessions at 5 Quayside Street in Leith every Monday morning. We’ve just put their poster up in the library:


What are your favourite memories?


About auntyemily

Screenwriter (CBeebies), author of fiction and non fiction books, science communicator, storyteller and poet.
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6 Responses to Memories of Leith

  1. Well done to you for organising a fabulous event!

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