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Highland Book Prize Longlist Announced

November 9, 2018

  The longlist for the Highland Book Prize, announced today, features an expanding range of books in the prize’s second year. The proportion of fiction on the list of fourteen titles has increased in 2018 with Gaelic and crime fiction featuring for the first time. Donnchadh MacGillIosa is...

Kenneth Roy, 26 March 1945 – 5 November 2018

November 8, 2018

There was widespread shock and sadness in Scotland at the revelation, in a typically graceful piece by Kenneth Roy for the Scottish Review, the online journal he founded and edited, that he had a terminal illness. His death, more shockingly, followed only a month later, but not before he had revealed,...

Rusticated… (II)

November 2, 2018

  A teaching colleague asks what I’ve been up to during the mid-semester break, and...

Kassabova, Al Rawi win International Prizes

November 1, 2018

  Two international awards were announced this week: Kapka Kassabova has won the British...

Saltire Literary Awards Shortlists Announced

October 23, 2018

Starry names, writers’ writers and exciting new talents all feature on the shortlists...

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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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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...

The SRB Interview: Kathleen Jamie

June 8, 2012

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.

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,...