Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Slab Boys...

If you're looking for a break from all the Christmas hoopla, why not get your tickets for the Barony Players' production of The Slab Boys by John Byrne. The play runs from December 1st - 5th at the Barony Theatre  in Borrowstoun Road and tickets (priced at £8 regular / £6 concessions) can be purchased by calling 01506 829197. The play is set in Glasgow in the winter of 1957... and if that gets you in the mood to reminisce about Glasgow gone by, why not pop in to the shop to find out a bit more with books such as Our GlasgowThe Real Gorbals Story, or No Mean Glasgow...   they'd make excellent Christmas presents!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Old Bo'ness...

Oh how we love a good local history book! It's great to look back and remember what life was like in years gone by, and in Bo'ness we're lucky we've been able to do that with quite a few books on the town, it's people and it's history. Unfortunately over the years, many of those great books have gone out of print, so it's with great pleasure that we're able to let you know that hot on the heels of 'Wha's Like Us' (available again for Christmas this year), a new Bo'ness local history book has just been published! 'Old Bo'ness' by Alex F. Young has just hit the shelves this week and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the town. Jam-packed with photographs, the book touches on everything from the boats in the harbour to the buildings in town, from schools and shops to football teams and Fair Queens. If you are a local history buff or a Bo'nessian at home or abroad it's definitely one for your shelves!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Wha's Like Us?

Hurrah! We now have copies of Peter Aitken's book 'Wha's Like Us' in stock at Inkspot & Silverleaf - you might have seen a note of it in the Bo'ness Journal a few weeks back! We're so pleased we've had the chance to get these final copies of the book into the shop (we've been asking around about it from opening day). The book was originally published in 2002 and features a whole host of Bo'ness' weel-kent faces, and tells of their achievements throughout Scotland and the world. There are only a limited number of copies still available and once they're gone, they're gone (we've already sold quite a few!) so make sure you pop in to get yours before we run out! The book is priced at £10.00 and every penny goes to the Bo'ness Children's Fair fund... sales from the book over the years have so far accounted for a staggering amount! So help make next year's Fair go with a swing and get your copy of the book today... 'Here's tae us!'

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Past Papers...

Eek! Exam time rolls around once more and the frantic revision begins. To help keep households that little bit calmer in times of exam stress, we're stocking past papers again this year. We have a selection at all levels on various subjects, and if you don't see the one you're looking for then just ask us and we'll order it for you (with most orders arriving in just a day or two). Don't leave it till the last minute!

Friday, 6 November 2009

New stuff...

A few weeks ago I told you about some of the great new products we had in stock... well, the good news doesn't stop there! We've brought in even more now, so here's a run down of the great new things you can pick up on your next visit!

Bookmarks from Jane Bristow

First, we have some wonderful handcrafted beaded bookmarks now in stock from local artist and crafter Jane Bristow. These bookmarks are all individually made by Jane and would make beautiful Christmas stocking fillers (even just as a wee treat for yourself!) What's more, each one comes in a little presentation bag ready for giving! Lovely!

Poetry books and cards from Walter Simms

We now have in stock a small collection of poetry booklets from local poet Walter Simms. His series of 4 illustrated booklets are available now, with a select few poetry cards arriving in the next few weeks. Walter's first and fourth booklets 'Innocence and Suspicion', and 'Merry-Go-Round' collect his poetry 'born from the hopes, fears, heartaches, joys and trials of life', whilst the second and third booklets, 'Interrupted Flights' and 'Fences' are single poems, beautifully illustrated with images taken by the poet himself.

Cath Kidston Stationery

Iconic designer Cath Kidston produces some wonderful fabrics, clothes and accessories and we are now happy to be able to bring you a selection of her stationery products! From notebooks to sticker sets, we've something we're sure you'll love. And if you'd like to make a Cath Kidston bag yourself (perhaps it can be your autumn project!), then don't forget we also have available Cath's brand new book 'Sew' which includes a length of a unique fabric specially printed for the book, together with handles, a label and button and instructions so you can do just that!

Penguin Accessories

Continuing with the iconic brands, in the book world, there's none more so than Penguin! As well as a selection of Penguin books in store, we also now have available mugs, tea towels, pencils and postcards all featuring the instantly recognizable Penguin covers. If you're stuck for present ideas then why not get the 'Hotel Splendide' tea towel or the 'My Man Jeeves' mug... And if that's not enough Penguin also make bags and even deckchairs in their covers design which we'd be more than happy to order for you for delivery in a few days. Fantastic!

Bo'ness Calendars

If you're finding it's getting to that time of year when you start making notes and stapling bits of paper to the end of your 2009 calendar, perhaps its time to look into getting hold of one for next year? There's nothing like being organised! As well as our lovely Paperblanks diaries we also stock the local Bo'ness calendar. Packed full of great images of the town and the events that take place here throughout the year, this is a great way to keep track of your schedule! (And it even comes with a mailing envelope should you want to send it off to friends or family!)


OK, so you've made your Cath Kidston bag, drunk tea from your Penguin mug, marked your place in the poetry booklet with your beaded bookmark and organised your schedule for next year... what's left to do? Why not play a game! We now also have in stock the educational card game 'Lecardo'! As well as helping with vocabulary, word recognition and understanding of the written word, it's just great fun (and as it's suitable for ages 8-adult, everyone can play!)

So there you have it! That's a run down of the new lines we have in stock for now, but in the weeks up to Christmas you can bet there'll be more! So keep an eye out for more updates and we'll see you in the shop soon!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Autumn Projects...

Isn't it getting blustery out!

Well, the clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in and Autumn is truly upon us... can Winter be far behind? It's certainly the perfect time to get busy with all those Autumnal craft, cookery and gardening projects you've been thinking about. Whilst we're sure you've a few projects of your own in mind (tidying up leaves? planning your Christmas baking? knitting a few scarves for the coming winter months?), if you need inspired, here's our latest theme window with a few ideas to get you going!

As you can see, we've a few new products in stock now... some of which are exclusive to us here! But there'll be lots more photos and info on those in the next blog posting in a few days. So keep your eyes peeled... or else pop into the shop for a proper browse around!