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. Nominees from across the arts gathered for a glittering evening of celebration at the SWG3 Studio Warehouse in Finnieston.

The Highland Bookshop

July 1, 2017

The Highland Bookshop in Fort William is still a work in progress and will open its doors for the first time on 14 July 2017. Here co-owner Kevin Ramage tells the story of the new shop: I thought the Watermill Bookshop in Aberfeldy kept me plenty busy enough – until just before Easter, when I popped...

Stephanie Wolfe Murray

June 27, 2017

The members of the editorial team of Scottish Review of Books are greatly saddened to share...

Wilfred Owen arrives in Edinburgh

June 26, 2017

As the Caledonian Sleeper arrived into Edinburgh’s Waverley Station at twenty minutes...

Brexit 365 – ‘Keep calm and negotiate’

June 23, 2017

Exactly one year on from the EU referendum, what does Brexit mean for literature and the arts...

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Volume 12 Issue 3 Editorial

June 10, 2017

Here at the Scottish Review of Books we choose our heroes carefully. One such is Richard Hoggart. His is not a name, we acknowledge, which will be familiar to many readers, even those of a ‘certain’ age. But to many baby boomers Hoggart epitomized an era – the two decades immediately following...

Flowers of Scotland

June 9, 2017

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From The Vaults

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:...

A Half-Wit Hero

November 10, 2009

It is almost thirty years since William Boyd published A Good Man in Africa. An immediate success, it won the Whitbread prize for the best first novel and the Somerset Maugham Award. Boyd had already caught one’s attention with elegant stories published in London Magazine, and his second novel,...

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...

Volume 2 – Issue 4 – New Poems – Liz Lochhead

October 29, 2009

Twenty One Year Old On our first night at Jura Lodge you say: ‘here’s a bottle of the Twenty One Year Old, hey Lizzie, let’s taste…’ and we toast – once we’ve managed to track two nip glasses down – ‘oh there they are,Tom – of course, my deah, on the decanter tray, mayhap, in the...