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Appeal for Barrhead area sighting of massive bird

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Pulse 98.4 listener Greame Stevenson would like assistance from people around Barrhead and Neilson who are being asked to look out for a unusual sight in the skies. 

A Hand Reared Eurasian Eagle Owl flew off from its owner on Monday 26 June.  With a wingspan of six feet and standing two feet in height, this will be the biggest bird most people will see in the area. 

Greame Stevenson has reared the bird named 'Mister Spock' since 2005. The bird poses no danger to humans or to pets, although will be nervous and defensive if approached.  'Mister Spock' still has his falconry leather straps on so he will be very distinctive.  

Anyone who spots this massive Eurasian Eagle Owl is urged to contact Greame Stevenson on 0748 226 5935.

Booked: Sunday 25 June features Glasgow author Louise Hutcheson

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On today's (Sunday 25 June) Booked programme on Pulse 98.4, presenter Shirley Whiteside talks to Louise Hutcheson to talk about her accomplished debut novella, The Paper Cell, which is set in the book publishing world.   Shirley says: "There are great characters, great atmosphere - and is a highly recommended read."

Author Louise Hutcheson has a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow. She also works in broadcast and digital media and is a freelance editor who has edited a number of crime novels and other fiction. Louise also created and runs a highly respected review site for new fiction.

Louise explains about herself: "I’m a Glasgow-based crime fiction editor who’s hopped the fence to start writing my own novels. For years, championing other people’s books was my bread and butter: I’ve worked in libraries, as a literary researcher, in publishing and in media, so it’s exhilarating to experience things from the author’s side for the first time and I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

Booked, presented and produced by Shirley Whiteside, Sunday 25 June, 2.00-3.00pm on Pulse 98.4

WIN A BOOK BUNDLE WITH 'BOOKED' this week with Pulse 98.4

Booked bundle

This week, Shirley Whiteside's 'Booked' programme on Pulse 98.4 has a great book prize bundle to be won.

Included in the bundle are Gabrielle Barnby's short story collection, The House with the Lilac Shutters, her terrific novel, The Oystercatcher Girl and Deborah Martin's lovely collection of poems You Are Still Here.

To win, answer this question: Approximately how many islands are there in Orkney? 

If you know the answer, then send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Closing date for entries is Friday 23 June 2017.  Usual Pulse 98.4 competition rules apply.

Booked with Shirley Whiteside airs on Pulse 98.4 on Sunday afternoon from 2.00 until 3.00pm.

Scottish-Italian singer/songwriter Adriana Spina guests on Diana Schad, Wednesday 10pm

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Scottish-Italian singer and songwriter Adriana Spina is the guest on the Diana Schad Night Nurse programme on Wednesday 21 June at 10.00pm.

Adriana's sound is often hard to categorise.  Fiercely independent, she has worked hard for over a decade to craft her blend of Americana, folk and country.  

Since the release of Never Coming Home, her 2011 debut album, Adriana has continued to write and perform tirelessly.  She had the honour to be invited by Joan Armatrading to support her on the Scottish dates of her most recent world tour, culminating in a storming performance at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  Joan was just the most recent in a list of high-profile artists with whom Adriana has shared stages in recent times, having also opened for acts of the calibre of Sheryl Crow, Paolo Nutini, Eddi Reader and Dar Williams. 

She has also gained the support of legendary music impresario Alan McGee, who featured her in two of the live shows he produced.

Adriana mobilised her online community of fans to help her crowd fund the production of a full album. The campaign was a success and as a result she released her second studio album Let Out The Dark which features Ross McFarlane on drums (Texas, The Proclaimers, etc) and comprises of 10 songs which touch on themes from lost love and infidelity to atheism and the European refugee crisis.  The album was released in the spring of 2017 on her own Ragged Road label.

Diana Schad Night Nurse, Pulse 98.4 Wednesday, 21 June 10.00pm-12midnight.

'Booked' with Shirley Whiteside and her special guests

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This Sunday, 18 June at 2.00pm on the 'Booked' programme, poets Deborah Martin and Antonia Seaward join Shirley Whiteside to discuss their work and read their wonderful poems. Plus, Shirley gives Gabrielle Barnby a call in Orkney to talk about her intense novel, The Oystercatcher Girl.

Booked with Shirley Whiteside, Sunday 18 June, 2.00-3.00pm on Pulse 98.4 and pulseonair.co.uk

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