Calum Leslie

MA Multimedia Journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University

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It’s Chriiiiiiiistmaaaaaas!

It’s Christmas! Well, if you’re going by the sellers on the streets of Glasgow it sure is: and that means Christmas markets are springing up all over the place.

St Enoch's Christmas market in Glasgow

St Enoch’s Christmas market in Glasgow

Edinburgh’s German version rumbled me of more time, money and dignity over four undergraduate years than I’d care to recap in 250 words – but it does mean I know a thing or two about markets. Or at least I like to pretend I do. Which, when you have a blog, is as good as.

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Bookworms, attack! (Or read, I guess…)

Does anyone else fear for books?

I do. But I’m still deciding if it’s an irrational fear – like the one I have that chicken’s never cooked properly. Or lego. Lego’s freaky.

But no, really – I fear for books. I don’t think many folk are reading them.

Print journalism (a big chunk of the industry I want to get into) is already set up with a sketchy, at best, future – and now the things I studied for four years at Uni could be on the way out too.

I’m not talking about fearing for fiction,  non-fiction or writing in general. That will all continue to exist, but will do so online, on your smartphone or on, as they say, your ‘tablet device’. I’m worried about the physical object: the book. With pages, and binding, and printed ink. All that stuff.

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