by Nick Major

The quality of Gavin Francis’ books belies the fact that writing is not his only occupation. Born in Fife in 1975, he qualified from medical school in Edinburgh in 1999 and spent ten years travelling around the world. In 2008 he published his first book, True North, which recounts a trip through Arctic...

Volume 11 Issue 4 Editorial

by SRB

SEVEN decades ago plans for the first Edinburgh International Festival, which finally took place in 1947, were well underway. Its promoters were visionaries who through art and culture aspired to unite nations and peoples who for six long and calamitous years were hellbent on wiping each other out. Edinburgh,...

The Sellout wins 2016 Man Booker Prize

by SRB

'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty is named winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The 54-year-old New York resident is the first American author to win the prize in its 48-year history.

Blog / Discussion

Crichton’s Close

by Colin Waters

I can’t stop reading, watching and listening to articles, podcasts and programmes about the US Presidential election. I listen to’s Trumpcast on the way to work. Every night while eating dinner I watch CNN’s State of the Race, hosted by the break-out star of this election cycle, the whip-smart...

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From The Vaults

Growing Up with Glasgow

by Harry McGrath

MY grandmother, Mary McGrath (née Dunn), lived much of her life on Saracen Street in Possilpark, Glasgow. She was married to John McGrath, a biscuit salesman, and they had a daughter and two sons. John’s parents were wed in the Catholic Chapel in Moy, County Tyrone and the marriage certificate describes...

Pinch Me! But Where Do We Go From Here?

by John MacLeod

IT’S OLD AND IT’S the sort of story which, as us tabloid hacks like to say, is really too good to check. A grand New York publication, feeling rather hands-across-the-seaish and with a seasonal edition to fill, rang round assorted UN ambassadors to ask what they really wanted for Christmas. “Freedom...

Two Rooms of My Own

by Julie Davidson

VIRGINIA Woolf said famously that in order to write a woman needs an annual income of £500 (done) and ‘a room of one’s own.’ So there’s no excuse. I’ve got two rooms of my own, stacked on top of each other; half a house, in fact, overhanging the gorge of the Licenza river and the cascading...

Then and Now: A View From the Fourth Estate

by Alan Taylor

THE old Scotsman headquarters, which occupied the entire west side of Edinburgh’s North Bridge, managed simultaneously to exude squalor and splendour. At the time I first became acquainted with it, in the late 1980s, it was home to three newspapers, the Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland...