Our Hayden at the Scottish Parliament

Photo shared with kind permission of © Dalgetty Images
Photo shared with kind permission of © Dalgetty Images

Holding the Space’s Roving Reporter, 10 year old Hayden Dalgetty, was a special guest at the Scottish Parliament on 19th December. 

Hayden won the Christmas Card Competition of David Torrance MSP and was invited to the Scottish Parliament for a tour and lunch. 

Not only did Hayden spent time in the Debating Chamber witnessing historical debates she also met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Hayden said, “I enjoyed the visit to see David with my Mum and Dad and thank you for Wilbur the penguin!” 

Look out for more of Hayden’s Roving Reporter adventures on Holding the Space in 2020. 

Well done Hayden!! 

Scottish Ancestral Records recommended by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

I’m absolutely thrilled to share the news Scottish Ancestral Records has been recommended as Podcast of the Month by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine!!

 Britain’s bestselling family history magazine.

A great testament to Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society and Scottish Association of Family History Societies and all those history sleuths who help others find their family story. It also officially confirms my status as a history geek. 

Scottish Ancestral Records is available wherever you get your podcasts. The latest episode on Statutory Records is available here!

Next month, Ken and I will be discussing Census Records. 

Scottish Ancestral Records Podcast

I’m thrilled to announce I have partnered with the Scottish Genealogy Society to produce the inaugral podcast on Scottish Ancestral Records with Ken Nisbet.

Lots of hints and tips on how to research your family tree.

Available wherever you get your podcasts on Amazon Alexa, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Luminary, Podcast Addicts, Speaker and Spotify.

Crown of Thorns by John T Young

Crown of Thorns set within the gritty history of Newcastle’s underbelly is a story set within the early years of the noughties.  A group of curious and streetwise teenage friend’s hunger for more than their desperate circumstances, an appetite fed by a callous and manipulative businessman.  From seemingly innocent forays into crime, the group find themselves delving into a world from which they may never be able to escape.

Set within this premise, the characters of Crown of Thorns blossom and are layered with just enough tidbits peppered in the initial stages to leave you curious enough for more.  The sense of desperation felt by the group of youngsters flies off the pages along with an unapologetic acceptance of their circumstances.  As the reader you keenly feel the dichotomy of emotion and wishing the characters safe passage through their challenges. 

From the quiet intelligence of group’s teenager leader Johnny Wilson, the restrained violence of businessman Salim Ghutu to the quiet persistence policeman of Frank Gilbert.  Characters become easily immersed within the imagination and you almost wish for an alternative fate to befall them, particularly in the case of the vulnerable Susie Blakemore, whom you want to rescue from the pages.  The city of Newcastle, is also well represented and you can almost feel the grittiness of the wind and rain as it joins the story

Crown of Thorns is not only a well written and gritty story it also highlights the social issues prevalent in 1991 and today; the deprivation of austerity and the vulnerability of children left to survive in the best way they know how.  Reminiscent of the work of writer Shane Meadows, I read this book in one sitting and I await a follow-up from John T Young with interest.  Delve into Crown of Thorns and prepare to be bitten – in the best way.

John T Young will be interviewed on K107FM by Lisa May Young on Tuesday, 27thAugust 2019

Crown of Thorns is available on Kindle and Paperback here