First word by Judy Mackie, Editor
It has been a first for me as Leopard editor to receive a contribution from an 11-year-old. And what a contribution! In this month’s ‘Tale’, Ella Bowman approaches the daunting subject of the First World War with great sensitivity and imagination. I hope you enjoy reading her remarkable short story as much as our team has.
Staying on the subject of war, our prizewinning reader’s letter highlights one of many thousands of similar experiences shared by Northeast families during the dark days of 1914-18, and, in ‘Poet’s Corner’, Ian Anderson provides a personal take on Remembrance Sunday.
On a happier note, congratulations to the Elphinstone Institute - an old friend of Leopard - which is celebrating its 20th anniversary - see ‘Diary Extra’.
Also inside, Martin Pucci remembers the pioneering Scots medics who helped to make childbirth a less traumatic experience from the 18th century onwards, while Ray McAleese shares his research on the ancient ‘hidden hospitals’ of Kincardine O’Neil.
Duncan Harley’s ‘Our Town’ turns the spotlight on Braemar, and we feature a spinoff arising from Duncan’s recent focus on Portsoy, tracing the life of pastor, writer and marine artist Peter Anson, who lived and worked among the Aberdeenshire and Moray fishing communities for many years.
There’s no getting away from the fact that autumn is giving way to winter, says ‘Kilted Chef’ Craig Wilson, who has rustled up a warming seasonal dessert to share with the family (a chef’s blow torch is a handy tool for this one!). And to make the most of the long, dark season, the Aberdeen Winter Festival begins with a bang this month, taking us through into January with a bigger-than-ever programme of colourful events. You can find out more about this and the many other Northeast festivals and activities happening during November, in ‘Diary’ and ‘What’s On’.