The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner announced

October 18, 2017

'Lincoln in the Bardo' by George Saunders has been named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

From the Library- AK Bell Library, Perth

October 15, 2017

In the final instalment of our Libraries Week 2017 series, SRB chats to the staff of The AK Bell Library about helping adults learn to read, Alice in Wonderland, and of course- cake.

From the Library- East Lothian Libraries

October 14, 2017

In celebration of Libraries Week 2017 SRB chats to libraries across Scotland. Today the staff...

From the Library- Elgin Library

October 13, 2017

In celebration of Libraries Week 2017 SRB chats to libraries across Scotland. Today the staff...

2017 Saltire Literary Awards Shortlist Unveiled

October 13, 2017

The shortlists for the seven awards that make up the 2017 Saltire Literary Awards were officially...

Current Edition

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...


August 13, 2017

Jackie Kay Five Poems

August 11, 2017

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From The Vaults

A Bridge Too Far

May 30, 2015

In the last few years I have visited Queensferry several times to see how the new road bridge is coming along. On one occasion I ran into a grizzled, middle-aged American from Ohio. Over drinks in a nearby hotel he said he had been working on the bridge and was on his way home. What he told me took...

A Half-Wit Hero

November 10, 2009

It is almost thirty years since William Boyd published A Good Man in Africa. An immediate success, it won the Whitbread prize for the best first novel and the Somerset Maugham Award. Boyd had already caught one’s attention with elegant stories published in London Magazine, and his second novel,...

Becoming a Scot

August 3, 2014

I COME from a family of immigrants, though I never thought of us that way until I became an immigrant myself. My father’s ancestors migrated to the Philippines from Madrid, taking the name Muñoz with them. My mother’s grandfather was from Taiwan. As legend goes, the family name was Tan but after...

Mac Exodus

October 28, 2009

IN 1909, A CONTEMPORARY statistician, G.T. Bisset, remarked, “The Scots are a notoriously migratory people.” The statement if anything understated the legendary scale of Scottish international mobility. From at least medieval times the Scottish diaspora was an intrinsic and vital part of the national...