Contributors

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Pat Coupe

Pat Coupe and her husband share their patch of East Lothian with one cat, three elderly Brahma hens, four guinea fowl and five silver pheasants. After qualifying as a Chartered Librarian, Pat pursued a varied career as artist, florist and public speaker. One wet afternoon she began to investigate the story of the 'men of the manse' in Gladsmuir and two years later found 'I had a book and had become a writer!'

James Denham

James Denham was born in Edinburgh, grew up in Prestonpans, educated at PrestonLodge. Later qualified as a journalist but only worked at that for a short time replacing it with administrative work before joining the financial services and moving around a bit, to Livingston, Glenrothes and Sherborne in Dorset. My late wife and I were blessed with four children and four grandchildren. I have lived in Galashiels for eight years now during which time I qualified as a writer and in more recent times, re-married and published a series of books one of which is entitled This is East Lothian! ... unrivalled.

Ann Dymond

Ann Dymond spent most of her working life as a teacher, both abroad and in England. She became a children's author and freelance journalist when she retired, travelling to Morocco, Tunisia, Portugal and around the UK. She has now returned to North Berwick where her grandmother was born. Her family, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren visit her regularly. She is presently working on a travel book.

Ailsa Fortune

Ailsa Fortune lives in North Berwick and writes regularly for several publications. She has written on a variety of topics, 18th & 19th century social history, travel and local events. East Lothian Life has published a series of her articles on Forgotten Houses of East Lothian. She has written material for BBC Scotland Education and produced an archive on the Union Canal. Her book, British State and People1865-1915, a political and social history of Britain, was published by Nelson Thorne in 2009. Ailsa lectures on many of her topics, including The Nisbets of Archerfield and Lorimer's East Lothian.

Bob Hopkins

Bob Hopkins started his working life in the Post Office (1949) and after a three year stint in the R.A.F, worked in the Civil Service until 1994. In 1998 he graduated from Edinburgh Napier Uni with a law degree and then worked as a post graduate consultant and instructor within local government for two years. From 2000 until 2010 he undertook assignments with private legal firms which included court work. Since 1998 Bob has written articles for magazines - mainly East Lothian Life - and had a local history book published.

Garry Menzies

Garry Menzies lives in East Linton and is a keen amateur photographer. His passion for photography is also coupled with an interest in local history and he is often asked to speak to clubs and societies throughout East Lothian. Highlights of Garry's photography career have included three flights (so far!) in a microlight during which he was able to capture many aerial shots of East Lothian, several of which have been featured in East Lothian Life.

Craig Pritchett

Craig Pritchett is a retired Chartered Public Finance Accountant, International Chess Master and chess writer, who has lived with his wife and two daughters in Dunbar since 2003. Current President of Dunbar Chess Club, he earlier ran a successful parent-led chess club in Dunbar Primary School. The Herald chess correspondent (1972-2006), he has written his most recent books for the publisher Everyman Chess.

Adam Love-Rodgers

Adam Love-Rodgers is an education officer with 15 years experience in national museums. A life long field sports and natural history enthusiast, he is a particularly keen fly fisher and fly tyer. Having grown up in suburban Manchester he considers it a privilege to live in East Lothian where once he could only come on holiday.

Allen Skinner

Allen Skinner lives in Edinburgh but has always spent a lot of time in East Lothian, starting with summer holidays in North Berwick in the 1950s. I love to be in the countryside, in the hills or near the sea. I am a keen birdwatcher, with an interest in animals, insects and plants and I'm a member of RSPB, SOC and SWT. My wife Fiona is an excellent photographer and often contributes photos to the Muddy Boots articles.

Geoffrey Williams

Geoffrey Williams has been a journalist for nearly thirty years, but was also a single-seater racing driver and a drummer in a professional band before that. He has written books on motor racing, Iron Age hillforts and railways and worked for local, regional and national newspapers. Today, Geoffrey is a magazine editor and is still a drummer, enjoying the rock and roll lifestyle and the beer.

James Hendrie

James Hendrie is a Regional Manager for a Scottish retail chain and a part time freelance writer. He has had over 280 articles published in more than twenty-seven different magazines since he started writing seriously Ten years ago. He writes on a wide range of subjects as diverse as history, nostalgia, genealogy, transport, travel, sport, trees and the forestry industry. His features regularly appear in Scottish Memories, Scottish Home & Country, Scottish Islands Explorer, Forestry Journal, essential ARB and East Lothian Life.