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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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...

Man on the Margin

March 3, 2017

Labour Pains

March 3, 2017

Money For Nothing

March 3, 2017

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