Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fringe by the Sea events at North Berwick Library

Tuesday 8th August

Malachy Tallack, author of Sixty Degrees North, will be discussing his most recent book, The Un-Discovered Islands. Malachy will take us on a journey of discovery and un-discovery, through some of the world's mythical lost continents and islands once believed to be real. From the well-known story of Atlantis through the ages and across the seas to islands whose status is still in doubt today, this will be a true exploration of myths and mysteries, phantoms and fakes. 7.30-9pm in the Library, £5.00 (includes a glass of wine).

Thursday 10th August

It's boogers, books and big bottom burps as award-winning author Stuart Reid brings the wacky characters in his Gorgeous George series to life. Stuart has performed at over 1,200 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout the UK and internationally, winning plaudits and accolades from teachers and librarians for his enthusiastic, inspirational style. It will be yucky. There may be snot. You have been warned! 11.30am-12.30pm in the Library, free entry.

Dilys Rose is a novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist who has received various awards and fellowships for her work. Her twelfth book, Unspeakable, is a novel based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead, a 20 year-old student who was the last person in Britain to be tried and executed for blasphemy. It was selected as Waterstones' Scottish Book of the Month. 7.30-9pm in the Library, £5.00 (includes a glass of wine).

For tickets and details of these and other events visit the Fringe by the Sea website.

1st Response

1st Response

We can help

Penumbra, Changes and Stepping Out, with funding from East Lothian Health and Care Partnership, has just launched the new 1st Response service for people who feel they are reaching crisis point.

Feeling at crisis point?

Are you dealing with long-term, mounting stress? Are you feeling unable to cope? 
People can feel at crisis point for many reasons, including: 
  • Money or debt worries 
  • Unemployment or problems at work 
  • Housing issues 
  • Changes in your health 
  • Family or caring concerns 
Whatever the issue, 1st Response can support you to resolve your crisis. 

How can we help? 

1st Response provides face-to-face support throughout East Lothian. Our team will listen to you and help you resolve your crisis. We will provide you with sensitive and non-judgmental support based on your needs, and help you to access other services. We will support you to plan and manage your next steps. We will provide you with information about other organisations which could help (such as health services, social work, benefits advice and other support), and we will help you to develop skills to manage your mental health. 

Our team

1st Response is run by specially trained Practitioners and Peer Workers – people who use their own experience of mental health difficulties to help others achieve recovery. 

Who can use the service?

1st Response is open to anyone aged 18 years old and over who lives in East Lothian and is experiencing distress and reduced mental wellbeing. 

Accessing 1st Response 

We run drop-in sessions each week. You can access any of these and no appointment is required. 

Monday (weekly)  


George Johnstone Centre
McNeill Room  35 Winton Place
Tranent EH33 1AE 

Wednesday (2nd & 4th each month)  


The Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Crescent
Dunbar, EH42 1DX 

Thursday (weekly)  


John Gray Centre
Lodge Street
EH41 3DX 
Star Room 

Help in an emergency

If you feel that you need to talk to someone straight away, phone:
·         Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 (free)
·         Samaritans - 116 123 (free)