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Scotland Your Scotland – The Edinburgh International Book Festival essay

August 16, 2017

There are good reasons to trust that the 21st century will indeed be a time of times, a period for the ages, as we proceed toward new formulations of what it means to be human, of what constitutes a society, of what characterises a culture and what makes a nation.

Acclaimed duo win oldest book prizes with tales of love and loss

August 15, 2017

Acclaimed authors Eimear McBride and Laura Cumming join the distinguished list of writers who have won the James Tait Black Prizes, awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh. The winners of the £10,000 prizes were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival...

Michel Faber to talk about late wife’s photography

August 14, 2017

Acclaimed author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber will...

Edinburgh International Book Festival Podcast Special

August 10, 2017

Editor Alan Taylor talks with Kristian Kerr about the August 2017 issue of the Scottish Review...

Liz Lochhead wins Lifetime Achievement Award

July 14, 2017

The second annual Sunday Herald Scottish Culture awards were held on Thursday, July 13 in Glasgow....

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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...

Who’d Be a Man?

August 11, 2017

Jackie Kay Five Poems

August 11, 2017

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From The Vaults

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...

Scotland Dialling 999

October 28, 2009

IN THE AYRSHIRE of Andrew O’Hagan’s third novel there are no happy people, not one. This is a non-trivial detail: the absence of all happiness is peculiar. The locals staring into the shifting Irish Sea, with no Tolstoyan means of support, are meanwhile unhappy in a peculiar way. God or an author...

Pinch Me! But Where Do We Go From Here?

October 21, 2009

IT’S OLD AND IT’S the sort of story which, as us tabloid hacks like to say, is really too good to check. A grand New York publication, feeling rather hands-across-the-seaish and with a seasonal edition to fill, rang round assorted UN ambassadors to ask what they really wanted for Christmas. “Freedom...

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...