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Pop-up bookshop on its way to the Western Isles

June 4, 2018

Waterstones and Scottish Book Trust are joining forces to take a pop-up bookshop to Benbecula. As part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, a Scottish Government campaign that aims to encourage children to develop a love of reading, Waterstones will take over 600 books to Benbecula and will...

Carol Ann Duffy’s Shore to Shore is heading to Scotland

May 31, 2018

Carol Ann Duffy’s hugely successful Shore to Shore is back for Independent Bookshop Week 2018. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, accompanied by Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker & Jackie Kay, along with musical MC John Sampson will cross the country to visit and perform in nine independent bookshops,...

Walter Scott shortlist Announced

May 21, 2018

A shortlist of six titles has been revealed for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical...

Kapka Kassabova wins inaugural Highland Book Prize for ‘Border’

May 15, 2018

Kapka Kassabova was announced as the winner of the inaugural Highland Book Prize at the Ullapool...

Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme...

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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2 EDITORIAL

June 2, 2018

Twelve or thirteen hours into the flight from Glasgow to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island the will to live starts to evaporate. It had taken seven hours to reach Dubai, through whose labyrinthine airport we marched to our gate as if to an appointment with an amateur dentist. Where were all...

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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...

Then and Now: A View From the Fourth Estate

September 15, 2014

The old Scotsman headquarters, which occupied the entire west side of Edinburgh’s North Bridge, managed simultaneously to exude squalor and splendour. At the time I first became acquainted with it, in the late 1980s, it was home to three newspapers, the Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland...

Volume 9 – Issue 4 – New Poems – Beauty

November 26, 2013

One: Like a bird (for Kay)   Long ago, remember, when we lived on the beach at Takapuna, a Texan   teacher of maths bought a fisherman’s dizzy wife for one thousand pounds – a good   price, equal to one year’s professional salary. All three – the fisherman,   the Texan maths-man, the wife...

Not bad for a housewife

October 28, 2009

Volume 1 Issue 2 Alice Munro won the Nobel prize for literature in 2013. This piece is from our archive from 2009. TWO OF SCOTLAND’S most gifted writers, of all time, are born-and-bred Canadians – Alice Munro and Alistair MacLeod, now in their seventies. Are they as Scottish as their names,...