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Rusticated… (IV)

February 6, 2019

If I’d thought quicker, I would have started humming Bolero. We don’t often see snow out here, with the influence of sea on three sides, but when it does come it falls with a curious intensity that borders on malice, the way a lapsing alcoholic might fall on a bottle of malt. There is always a...

Still Looking Forward: 2019 in Prospect

January 25, 2019

  January has been far from a month of hibernation in the world of books: we have already seen the awarding and winning of prizes, the announcement of new bookshops, and a sound and light show featuring work by a number of Scotland’s leading writers. Last night saw the annual Scottish Book Trust...

New Bookshops to look forward to in 2019

January 20, 2019

As the book trade continues to face difficult times it appears that Scotland has something...

Author/Publisher takes home the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

January 18, 2019

Alan Windram is the deserving winner of this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Alan...

Scottish Poet takes the Costa

January 9, 2019

The prestigious Costa Book Prize for Poetry has been scooped-up by a writer from the Scottish...

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EDITORIAL

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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November 10, 2018

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November 10, 2018

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From The Vaults

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...

The SRB Interview: Jackie Kay

March 21, 2016

Opening one of Jackie Kay’s books is like walking into a busy metropolitan bar that has accommodated within its walls the deep past, character and charm of a country pub. You know you will encounter stories comic and sad, that you will never leave thirsty, and that the mind will feel renewed with...

Volume 1 – Issue 1 – Editorial

October 28, 2009

AS the First Minister, Jack McConnell, reminded us at the opening of the Holyrood parliament, we are a disputatious nation. Argument comes easily to us. There is something in our psyche, something deeply rooted in ours souls, something in the pugnacious northern air, that propels us to take issue, dispute,...

Who is Nicola Sturgeon?

March 6, 2015

DAVID Torrance’s biography of Nicola Sturgeon opens in the Scottish Parliament. She is about to become the First Minister of Scotland and ‘appeared relaxed in a red one-piece dress (designed by Edinburgh design duo Totty Rocks). Sitting a few rows behind her was the man she was about to succeed,...