Latest

Book of the Month: The Evening Road by Laird Hunt

October 19, 2018

  The lynching of two black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, in Marion, Indiana on August 7, 1930 casts a long shadow. While lynchings were more common in the 1930s than we may now care to remember, an infamous photograph of the men hanging from a tree, with a crowd of high-spirited spectators...

Anna Burns wins Man Booker 2018

October 18, 2018

  Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber) has been announced as the winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize. Burns, 56, who was born in Belfast and lives in East Sussex, drew on the experience of Northern Ireland during the Troubles to write Milkman. Her first acclaimed novel, No Bones, was...

Rusticated…

October 5, 2018

We might as well be wearing togas, and the long bar of the Dalbuie might as well be the Forum....

Liam McIlvanney wins Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award

September 22, 2018

Writer Liam McIlvanney has won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for the crime book of the year at...

Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist announced

September 21, 2018

Anna Burns, Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail) Daisy...

Current Edition

Editorial

August 11, 2018

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the last reading Charles Dickens gave in Edinburgh. On 26 February, 1869, the most fêted English writer of his generation appeared at the music hall in George Street. It was a homecoming of sorts. Dickens was no stranger to the Scottish capital; it was where...

METRE READINGS

August 11, 2018

SIX EARLY POEMS

August 11, 2018

HUMBOLDT’S GIFT

August 11, 2018

A LAW UNTO HIMSELF

August 10, 2018

Subscribe from only £24

  • Access to over 700 articles
  • 12 months online access
  • Receive 4 editions each year
  • Exclusive special offers

Sign Up Now

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...

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...

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...

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...