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I'm Not An Ugly Duckling!

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This Apex Duck story was written and sent to us by Joy Kirby-Tibbits. We enjoyed reading it so much we thought we would share it with you.

I'm Not An Ugly Duckling by Joy Kirby-Tibbets

Apex Duck Story

(With apologies to Hans Christian Andersen)

Once upon a time a lady went to London with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They stayed at the Apex London Wall Hotel.

Apex London Wall Hotel

And it was there, in the bathroom, that she found me.

There I am in the bathroom

The lady asked me who I was and I said, “My name is Apex and I think I am an ugly duckling.” I was sitting on a card which told the lady she could take me home if she would like to. She said, “Ugly ducklings grow up to be swans, do you think you are going to be a swan?” I told the lady that I had seen two swans in the bedroom next door and thought they might be my Mummy and Daddy. She went into the bedroom and sure enough, there were two swans on the bed!

Swans on the bed

She laughed and said, “They’re not real, they are only rolled up towels but I know just the place to go to find out if you really are going to grow up to be a swan, would you like to go?”

I nodded and she popped me into her bag.

All ready to go

A few days later the lady said we were going to Dorset to visit the Abbotsbury Swannery where over 800 swans live. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery in the 1040’s. The monastery was destroyed in 1539 but the Swannery Sanctuary still exists today.

I was very excited and jumped in the car.

Let's go!

I had to travel in that bag again, but I didn’t mind, I was very excited.

 Off to the swannery

Soon we were at the Swannery.

We're here!

It was feeding time and no-one wanted to talk to me.


I was hungry too but I don’t like eating out of a bucket and I really only like toast.

No thanks. Toast for me.

I asked if I had hatched out of an egg.

What a big egg.

No-one could tell me. So I asked a Mummy Swan if I was a cygnet (a cygnet is a baby swan) but she said cygnets have fluffy, brown feathers.

I'm not a cygnet?

It was clear to me that I did not have fluffy, brown feathers and I began to feel very, very sad.

The lady told me not to be upset and that she had an idea which might cheer me up. We got back in the car and went to our hotel.

Back to the hotel we go

I was tired, hungry and dusty. The lady said she knew just the thing to make me feel better.

First I had a bath.

Just what I needed.

Then I had some toast. Mmmm! Toast!


Then I got dressed up!

Look at me!

As you can see, I may not be a cygnet, I may not grow up to be a swan but I am certainly not an ugly duckling!

Dundee Literary Festival

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Dundee Literary Festival (24 – 27 October)

Do you consider yourself to be a book lover? If so, Dundee may just be holding the perfect festival for you this October.

On 24th October the Dundee Literary Festival will kick off for 4 days of talks, workshops, book signings, music and parties. The events will be taking place in both the Dalhousie Building and Bonar Hall, which are just a short walk from Apex City Quay Hotel. This will the 3rd year that the event has taken place in Dundee. If the last two years are anything to go by, book lovers will not want to miss out. A total of 30 events will be taking place at this year’s festival.

Enjoy a range of talks and workshops at Dundee Literary Festival

The programme for the festival has just recently been announced. Some of the highlights of the festival can be found below:


William McIlvanney – Saturday 26 October 7pm

The popular Scottish author will be reading and discussing his Laidlaw trilogy. Mr McIlvanney is often regarded at “the father of ‘Tartan Noir’, and his famous works include Laidlaw, Docherty and The Papers of Tony Veitch. The author is known for his vivid portrayals of 1970’s Glasgow.

John Whaite – Saturday 26 October 3pm

John Whaite was the winner of the third series of the popular show The Great British Bake Off. His first book includes the secrets to some of his most delicious recipes. Dishes featured in the book include Self-Saucing Chocolate Mud Pud and Pork, and Apple and Thyme Sausage Rolls. He will be signing his book at this year’s Literary Festival. If you’re a fan of the show, what better time to meet the winner of it, and learn some of his secrets while you’re at it?

Katherine Grainger – Saturday 26 October 8pm

Katherine Grainger is the 2012 Olympic rowing gold medalist. She has won a total of four Olympic medals (1 gold and 3 silver) as well as six World Championships Gold medals. Grainger has managed to accomplish all this during her sporting career while also managing to continue with her academic studies. Recently she was awarded a PhD in Law from Kings College London. She will be discussing her new autobiography in which she details both her sporting and academic accomplishments.


This is just a taster of the events that the Dundee Literary Festival will be offering. To see the full programme of events visit dundee.ac.uk/literarydundee/subject/.

Location: Dalhouise Building, Duniversity of Dundee and Bonar Hall, Perth Road, Dundee , DD1 4HN

Date: 24th – 27th October

Website: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/literarydundee/