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...

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From The Vaults

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...

The SRB Interview: Candia McWilliam

October 28, 2009

CANDIA MCWILLIAM WAS BORN in Edinburgh in 1955. Her father, Colin McWilliam, was Assistant Secretary for the National Trust for Scotland and editor of The Buildings Of Scotland series. In 1971, she won a Vogue writing competition, going on to work for the magazine between 1976 and 1979 after graduating...

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...

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,...