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Challenging Biases as Readers – Episode #5

April 12, 2017

Kristian Kerr talks with Emerging Critics mentor Dave Coates about expanding review coverage to include a variety of voices, challenging our conscious and unconscious biases as readers and writers, connections between academic and journalistic literary criticism, and the knotty issue of money. Listem...

Crichton’s Close

April 12, 2017

Each year the Scottish Poetry Library sets a poor soul a Herculean task – read every poem published in the space of 12 months by a poet who is Scottish or who has made Scotland his home.

New post aims to make most of Muriel Spark centenary

April 7, 2017

The National Library of Scotland and Creative Scotland seek a co-ordinator to oversee a range...

Crichton’s Close

March 31, 2017

We held two events at the SPL last week with two very different poets, William Letford on the...

Nazi Britain

March 30, 2017

The BBC’s five-part television adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1978 novel SS-GB recently ended....

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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 2 EDITORIAL

March 3, 2017

It is one of the mysteries of human endeavour that a Golden Age is only recognised when it has passed. Like happiness, it appears in the rearview mirror. When it is in full swing, insiders are oblivious, but with hindsight, what seemed like the usual grind and turmoil can be seen as a halcyon period...

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From The Vaults

Volume 9 – Issue 4 – New Poems – Beauty

November 26, 2013

One: Like a bird (for Kay)   Long ago, remember, when we lived on the beach at Takapuna, a Texan   teacher of maths bought a fisherman’s dizzy wife for one thousand pounds – a good   price, equal to one year’s professional salary. All three – the fisherman,   the Texan maths-man, the wife...

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...

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:...