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Photographs from Muriel at the Usher Hall

February 13, 2018

New photographs have been made available from the Usher Hall Centenary celebration for Muriel Spark, January 2018.  With thanks to Alan McCredie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Emerging Critics is Back!

February 12, 2018

‘I would recommend this programme… it is incredibly supportive and interesting with a varied curriculum, interesting recommended reading, and full of great networking opportunities’ – Participating Mentee, 2016/17 Following the success of the first Emerging Critics programme, we are back! This...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kapka Kassabova

February 10, 2018

Earlier this month, Kapka Kassabova won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award for...

Scotland’s Bookshops – Topping Books, St Andrews

February 5, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with a bookseller—Duncan Furness, Topping &...

Kapka Kassabova wins Stanford Dolman Award for Travel Book of the Year

February 2, 2018

Kapka Kassabova has won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for her latest book, Border:...

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Volume 13 Issue 1 Editorial

February 10, 2018

MURIEL Spark, the centenary of whose birth we celebrate in this special issue of the Scottish Review of Books, left her native heath in 1937 not knowing when, if ever, she was likely to return. She was still a teenager and eager to see what lay beyond Edinburgh’s vertiginous tenements, greasy, gleaming...

NEW POEMS

February 10, 2018

For Those In Peril

February 10, 2018

Mistress of Unease

February 10, 2018

In Her Own Words

February 10, 2018

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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...

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...

Panama Hell

March 21, 2016

WHEN rumours leaked out that the Scots were considering setting up a trading colony in Panama, the Prince of Orange, William III, denounced them as ‘raging madmen’. Even the Pope waded into the growing chorus of disapproval, condemning a venture that threatened to undermine the Catholic believers...