Interviews

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THE SRB INTERVIEW: Carol Ann Duffy

November 10, 2018
by Nick Major

In 2009, Carol Ann Duffy was appointed the UK’s Poet Laureate. She was the first woman to be awarded the honour in its 400-year history. Her new book, Sincerity, is her last collection of poems before she steps down from the laureateship in May 2019. It was written over a period of two years and contains...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kamila Shamsie

August 11, 2018
by Nick Major

Kamila Shamsie was born in Karachi in 1973. She comes from a family of intellectuals. Her mother, Muneeza Shamsie, is a celebrated academic and journalist who has published anthologies on Pakistani writing in the English Language. Her great aunt was the writer Attia Husain, and her grandfather studied...

Podcast

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Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme is now available. Held at the National Library of Scotland on April 25th, 2018, the seminar saw a group of sixteen new participants and mentors gather for panel discussions on the present and future of...

An SRB Podcast special: Muriel Spark – The Crème de la Crème at the Usher Hall

March 3, 2018

A Scottish Review of Books podcast with live recording of 'Muriel Spark: The Crème de la Crème' at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Editorial

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EDITORIAL

November 10, 2018
by Alan Taylor

According  to Chambers Dictionary – perhaps the only book on our shelves that earns its daily keep – the word ‘maverick means ‘a person who does not conform, a determined individualist’. True mavericks are few. One such was John Calder who died in August in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival...

Editorial

August 11, 2018
by Alan Taylor

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the last reading Charles Dickens gave in Edinburgh. On 26 February, 1869, the most fêted English writer of his generation appeared at the music hall in George Street. It was a homecoming of sorts. Dickens was no stranger to the Scottish capital; it was where...

Reviews

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GET OUT OF HERE!

November 10, 2018
by Alan Taylor

NIGHTMARE ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

November 10, 2018
by Todd McEwen

Name Dropping

November 10, 2018
by Colin Waters

CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

November 10, 2018
by Kristian Kerr

METRE READINGS

August 11, 2018
by Lesley McDowell

WHAT’S UP DOC?

August 11, 2018
by Peter Ross