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Stone Voices

May 20, 2019
by David Black

  STATUES may be inert and silent, but they can rouse passions. Consider Oxford’s Cecil Rhodes, or Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, creepily weaponized to goad liberal sentiment with defiant representations of Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davies. Edinburgh’s civic monuments cause little...

Remembering WS Graham

May 20, 2019
by Brian Morton

  FOR Sydney Graham, a poem was a pebble tossed into a pond. We can use the image with reasonable but limited confidence, for though it was not the poet’s own, he once approved it with a tight nod and the faintest of smiles. The pond was, of course, language, to which Sydney himself usually attributed...

Like a Dragonfly

May 20, 2019
by Rosemary Goring

  SPRING: the season when hares dance, sun follows cloudburst, and the land grows green and blossomy. It is also when energy returns, not just to the earth but to those of us thirled to the rhythms of daylight and dark. Even without stepping out of doors, you can tell the sap is rising. That sense...

Malinger: A Short Story

May 20, 2019
by Dilys Rose

  Stella hated tears. Especially in the consulting room. At the tail end of a long winter, being exposed to sniffs and snivels and associated forms of mucoid expectoration was unavoidable; she kept her distance and carried on. Lacrimal fluid was another matter; the male variety in particular. Female...

SRB Diary: In Jaipur

May 20, 2019
by Kapka Kassabova

  Ghosts Few places on earth are more unlike each other than the light-filled Highlands of Scotland where I live and the congested heart of Old Delhi where I came to stay with my partner Tony in a restored haveli-hotel, en route to the Jaipur Literature Festival. I thought I was prepared. As a...

SRB at the Theatre: Strindberg in Perth

May 20, 2019
by Joseph Farrell

  The programme, obviously, attributes the work to August Strindberg but adds that it has been adapted by Zinnie Harris, a writer much admired for a series of mordant plays which deal unflinchingly with issues of our times. However, the words ‘adapted by’ now cause a flutter of apprehension...

Kim Scott Walwyn Prize shortlist includes 404 Ink founders

May 1, 2019

Heather McDaid and Laura Jones, founders of the innovative Scottish publishing house 404 Ink, have been shortlisted for the 2019 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize.  The duo were recognised for their “exceptional work”. Judges said: “They are a fantastic example of innovative thinking and...

As Ross McEwan, Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, steps down from his post author Ian Fraser offers his views on the health of the bank he leaves behind

April 26, 2019
by Michael Fry

In light of the resignation of Ross McEwan, Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ian Fraser — author of Shredded: Inside RBS The Bank that Broke Britain —  gives readers of Scottish Review of Books a short update on his reading of McEwan's legacy followed by a review by Michael Fry of...

Jane Haining’s Letter from Auschwitz

April 12, 2019
by Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

Alison Metcalfe is the Manuscripts Curator of Missionary and Military Archives at the National Library of Scotland. In this piece, she writes about the final letter sent by Jane Haining from Auschwitz in 1944. Haining was matron at the Scottish Jewish Mission School in Budapest and was arrested by the...

Rusticated… (VI)

April 5, 2019
by Brian Morton

  A sea-watching friend has had a coup. A crisp pair of photographs of a near-adult Kumlien’s gull, far from its usual cruising grounds in Arctic Canada. To most, the image will invoke nothing more involved than the phoneme “seagull” which, if you were to say it aloud, would drive Eddie to...