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Scotland Your Scotland – The Edinburgh International Book Festival essay

August 16, 2017

There are good reasons to trust that the 21st century will indeed be a time of times, a period for the ages, as we proceed toward new formulations of what it means to be human, of what constitutes a society, of what characterises a culture and what makes a nation.

Acclaimed duo win oldest book prizes with tales of love and loss

August 15, 2017

Acclaimed authors Eimear McBride and Laura Cumming join the distinguished list of writers who have won the James Tait Black Prizes, awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh. The winners of the £10,000 prizes were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival...

Michel Faber to talk about late wife’s photography

August 14, 2017

Acclaimed author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber will...

Edinburgh International Book Festival Podcast Special

August 10, 2017

Editor Alan Taylor talks with Kristian Kerr about the August 2017 issue of the Scottish Review...

Liz Lochhead wins Lifetime Achievement Award

July 14, 2017

The second annual Sunday Herald Scottish Culture awards were held on Thursday, July 13 in Glasgow....

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Volume 12 Issue 4 Editorial

August 11, 2017

Publishing is a precarious business, not least because significant capital must first be spent before any of it starts to trickle back. Every book is a gamble and few are the ones that turn into gold. Yet publishers are often portrayed not as philanthropists or bulwarks against philistinism but as chancers...

REBUS REDUX

August 11, 2017

Farewell to Tibbie’s

August 13, 2017

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From The Vaults

An Orcadian’s Conversion

August 12, 2011

Why did George Mackay Brown become a Catholic? Religious conversion has always been a thorny theological issue. Christians have reached many different conclusions about how it should be secured: is coercion legitimate or is freely-given faith the only kind that counts? And then there’s sincerity:...

Welsh Rarebit

October 26, 2009

No, I hadn’t read Irvine Welsh either. His books seemed easy to resist. The hype. The style-accessory business. The yoof market (even if the author wasn’t young). I recall a press story about the Grampian police deploring the effects of Trainspotting, the film, its glorification of drugs. You...

In Cold Blood

August 14, 2015

ODD, isn’t it, how friendships form? Take Duane West and me. We live on different continents, have only spent six hours in each other’s company eight years ago, and might never meet again. Yet every month or so we exchange emails. He’ll tell me about life in Garden City, Kansas, and I keep him...

The SRB Interview: James Kelman

June 8, 2012

James Kelman was born in Govan in 1946 and brought up there and in Drumchapel. He left school at fifteen, and was living in London when he published his first short story collection, An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973). This was followed in 1983 with another collection, Not not while the giro, and shortly...