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Blazing a trail – celebrating the first Scottish woman to see her work in print

March 8, 2019

Dr Anette Hagan is the Rare Books Curator (Early Printed Collections to 1700) at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). In this piece, in celebration of International Women's Day, she explores the work of Elizabeth Melville, the first Scottish woman to see her work in print.

WALTER SCOTT PRIZE ANNOUNCES TENTH LONGLIST

March 6, 2019

  The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, now in its tenth year, has announced a longlist of twelve books in contention for the £25,000 prize.  A further list of twenty books recommended by the Prize’s Academy is also unveiled today. The Longlist of twelve is: Little by Edward Carey...

Notebook: In Scott Country

March 1, 2019

  AS the train from Edinburgh pulls out of Galashiels and inches across the River Tweed...

Low Level Crime

March 1, 2019

Rosemary Goring reviews Alexander McCall Smith's new 'Scani blanc' novel, The Department of...

Winter Haiku

March 1, 2019

  winter morning the cat’s shadow on the kitchen wall * * * wintry sunshine on my bookshelves words...

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November 10, 2018

According  to Chambers Dictionary – perhaps the only book on our shelves that earns its daily keep – the word ‘maverick means ‘a person who does not conform, a determined individualist’. True mavericks are few. One such was John Calder who died in August in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival...

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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...

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...

Oor Willie

March 21, 2016

WILLIAM McIlvanney chose ‘Growing Up in the West’ as the title of his contribution to Karl Miller’s 1970 collection of essays, Memoirs of a Modern Scotland. ‘It is perhaps not too fanciful to suppose,’ he writes, ‘that special contour lines of experience invisibly demarcate certain regions...

Bad Bankers and Bankrupt Banks

August 3, 2014

People always meant it as a compliment to the late lamented leader of the Labour party, John Smith, when they described him as being like a Scottish bank manager: sober suit, subdued tie, polished shoes, bald head, owlish spectacles, slight frown as if contemplating a request for an overdraft he felt...