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January 16, 2017

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

"Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

January 16, 2017

Crichton’s Close

by Colin Waters

The latest musings, news and anecdotes from Colin Waters at the Scottish Poetry Library.

January 9, 2017

To Hull and Back

HULL is the UK's 2017 “City of Culture”. I have never been there but I feel I have. It was, of course, where Philip Larkin...

January 3, 2017

Keep looking upward… fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction in 2017

Fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction in 2017

December 24, 2016

Books 2016: Picks of the Year

The final instalment in the SRB Picks of the year. Scotland’s leading writers and critics pick two books – one published...

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November 18, 2016

Volume 12 Issue 1 Editorial

We have reached that point in the calendar when the book trade is at its most buoyant. Over the coming month or so more books will be bought than in the rest of the year put together. Or so the theory goes. 

November 18, 2016

The Return of The Cheviot

November 18, 2016

The worst of times

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From The Vaults

June 8, 2012

The SRB Interview: Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire in 1962 and brought up in Currie, near Edinburgh. She was a philosophy student at the University of Edinburgh when her first poetry collection Black Spiders was published in 1982.

February 18, 2011

Volume 7 – Issue 1 – Poetry – Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. He published his first volume of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, in 1956. His early influences included Lorca, Whitman, and Yeats. The Spice-Box of Earth (1961), Cohen’s second volume of poetry, brought him to wider attention in Canada; a number of poems...

March 21, 2016

Oor Willie

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...

October 21, 2009

Pinch Me! But Where Do We Go From Here?

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...