Authors often derive inspiration from most unusual sources and for Michael Bond it was a diminutive toy bear, bought as a stocking-filler from Selfridges one Christmas Eve.
Speed Brummy boat: How gutsy couple sailed over the sea to swap Midlands for a new life on deserted island off Skye’s coast
As the crow flies, it lies just two and a half miles from bustling Broadford on Skye but crows can’t swim and, for Len and Margaret Whatley, the island of Pabay could have been the end of the earth.
Pet dogs are easing the lives of Scots living with dementia but now the groundbreaking project has launched a fundraising campaign to secure its survival.
Writer Asia Mackay reveals real-life inspiration for her stone-cold killer, cunning spy and first-time mum
Creeping out of her kids’ bedroom after a night feed and trying not to wake the baby, Asia Mackay chuckled to herself as she considered how Army Special Forces training might be handy.
INTERVIEW: Imelda Staunton on her darkest TV role yet and how her Downton Abbey family helped her see the light
Keeping it varied is the dream for any actor, being cast in different roles and mixing up the happy and sad, lightweight and heavy going.
The perfect pupil: Glasgow woman trains to be an optician after 10 cornea transplants and being diagnosed with eye cancer
A woman who has had 10 cornea transplants in the past five years is training to become an optician.
In pictures: Highlander star Christopher Lambert says he feels like an adopted Scot as he attends Glasgow Film and Comic Con event
Hollywood actor Christopher Lambert revealed he feels like an adopted Scot as he took part in the Glasgow Film and Comic Con.
A mountain guide that is made to measure: Climber medic took hill bagging into 21st Century with the Archies
When Sir Hugh Munro created his list of Scotland’s tallest mountains, he measured the height in feet and inches.
You could say it’s the bee's knees as Scots celebrate World Honey Bee day this weekend.
On a tour of Nigeria and Cameroon with Princes Charles in 1990, Princess Diana had visited hospitals and women’s development projects.
Whether you’re looking for a dreamy setting to enjoy an al fresco supper for two or a wild and wondrous spot to work up the family’s appetite, Scotland has all the ingredients for the perfect picnic.