Man Booker Prize announces 2017 shortlist

September 14, 2017

Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith were yesterday announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.


September 8, 2017

Poet Alan Spence has been nominated to become the Scottish Capital’s next poet laureate.   A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Communities Committee next week (Tuesday 12 September) recommends Spence as the next writer to be inaugurated as the Edinburgh Makar. If agreed,...

The Greatest Wonder of the Century

September 5, 2017

In celebration of the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing we share an extract from James...

A Maker of Beautiful Books – Stephanie Wolfe Murray

August 26, 2017

An evening of celebration was held in memory of publisher Stephanie Wolfe Murray at this year’s...


August 23, 2017

A new book prize, established this year, will celebrate the finest work that recognises the...

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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...

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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...

Not bad for a housewife

October 28, 2009

Volume 1 Issue 2 Alice Munro won the Nobel prize for literature in 2013. This piece is from our archive from 2009. TWO OF SCOTLAND’S most gifted writers, of all time, are born-and-bred Canadians – Alice Munro and Alistair MacLeod, now in their seventies. Are they as Scottish as their names,...

Where Mary Met Muriel

June 27, 2013

Sometimes you meet an author who takes you by the hand, and engages some hitherto untapped corner of the mind. Mary Shelley was such for Muriel Spark, and Spark must have been for countless others. I would count myself one. My first conception of Scottish Literature (apart from Burns, omnipresent in...

The SRB Interview: Candia McWilliam

October 28, 2009

CANDIA MCWILLIAM WAS BORN in Edinburgh in 1955. Her father, Colin McWilliam, was Assistant Secretary for the National Trust for Scotland and editor of The Buildings Of Scotland series. In 1971, she won a Vogue writing competition, going on to work for the magazine between 1976 and 1979 after graduating...