Sunday, December 25, 2016

Haunted ballads

I have read the first of the haunted ballad series by Deborah Grabien and am looking forward to the remainder.  The ballad comes to life in this contemporary setting but I am disappointed that the series has been discontinued.  There are many more ballads available for inspiration.  My wife gave me an autographed copy of the first book so the book wraith has one more treasure to claim as its own.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bonnie Dundee
One of Scott's songs the bookwraith would like to claim as its own but it is too popular.  Listen to the podcast for the background of Scott's creation.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Old Putney

The five Scotch whisky's we sampled this weekend:
Port Dundas:  A single grain whisky from a distillery now closed.
Dalwhinnie:  A classic malt from the highest distillery in Scotland
Three from Old Putney, currently the northernmost mainland distillery.:
     Navigator, 12 year old and the 21 year old
Great fun was had by all as we sharpened our tasting skills and enjoyed a murder mystery game with great company.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Arts in Scotland Podcast

I just downloaded a podcast by Brian Cox which is posted on Radio Scotland.  It has been a few years since anything has been added to this site.  Excellent podcast.  Great Scottish resource.  Select the link on my blog and view the other available podcasts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fractured Fairy Tales

If you've seen the third Shrek film, you most likely heard a distinctly Scottish accent coming from the green ogre.  Mike Myers is the narrator but is not Scottish even though he has a great accent.  Going back into the fractured fairy tales genre a bit, however, we find Edward Everett Norton who narrated the Rocky and Bullwinkle "Fractured Fairy Tales."  His parents were from Scotland so the bookwraith claims his fairy tales as its own.  Do you remember these delightful short clips?

Saturday, July 11, 2015


The six whiskys we tried tonight from the Sir Walter Scott distillery, Glenmorangie:
10-year old
18-year old
Lasanta (sherry cask)
Nector D'or (sauterne cask)
Quinta Rubin (port wood)
Thanks to all who participated in the tasting and the murder mystery game.
Thanks to the 16 men of tain.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Last year was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Scott's first trend setting historical novel.  I have read this book twice and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The Bookwraith would love to claim it for its own but obviously there are too many avid readers of great fiction to prevent this.  Have you read this or may I expect to place it on my dusty shelves soon?  Meanwhile, enjoy Jenni Calder's talk at the latest Scott Club meeting in Edinburgh.