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MONTROSE Librarian Christine Sharp writes: “As we approach the end of another year – and how quickly it went – Montrose Library staff would like to wish all our customers the very best for 2013.

“Speaking for myself, I wonder how long I’ll keep writing 2012 before the penny drops! We are closed on January 1 and 2 and re-open on Thursday, January 3, when things will be back to normal.”

All the talents

During 2012 the library attracted excellent audiences for the writers Carmen Reid and Peter Kerr, Christine continued.

Both authors excelled in speaking and it was a delight to host the evenings.

Nick Hesketh, well-known writer and illustrator of books for children, gave a talk to members of the Chatterbooks club, and he was also terrific.

In October, to celebrate National Poetry Day, we had the privilege of listening to Kenneth C. Steven, poet and novelist.

And we must not forget those who have contributed during meetings of the Montrose Memories group – Sandy Dolan, Forbes Inglis, Graham Stephen, Tom Valentine, and Fiona Scharlau, the Senior Archivist at Angus Archives.

We are fortunate to have such a plethora of talent upon which to draw. Thanks to them all for giving of their time in order to enhance our monthly sessions.

Happy birthday, Violet Jacob

Next year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Violet Jacob, one of Scotland’s finest writers.

Her local connection as a Kennedy-Erskine of the House of Dun is well known but it may be that even yet she is undervalued as a contributor to Scottish culture.

In January, the Montrose Memories group will celebrate that contribution with a talk by Sheila Mann, whose knowledge and deep understanding of Violet’s work brings a beautiful resonance to her presentation.

This will help make the point that Scottish poetry is not just about the brilliant and iconic Robert Burns!

Book review

‘100 Names’ by Cecilia Ahern.

Kitty Logan is at a low point. Whatever can go wrong is going wrong: boyfriend and family problems, job as a journalist in tatters. Her only true friend, it seems, is Constance, who is seriously ill.

Constance begins to tell Kitty about a story she intended to write. Sadly, before she can give Kitty all the details, she dies.

Kitty decides to write the story herself but all she has is a list of 100 names. She has no idea what connects the names but to redeem herself and as a memorial to Constance she sets out to discover the links.

A heart-warming read, perfect for a winter’s evening.