Brexit 365 – ‘Keep calm and negotiate’ as Creative Scotland reveal that over 90% working in the creative industries voted to remain

June 23, 2017

Exactly one year on from the EU referendum, what does Brexit mean for literature and the arts here in Scotland? Scottish Review of Books hosted an event at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh last night looking at exactly that question. The audience gathered to hear SRB Editor, Alan Taylor,...


June 21, 2017

Bloody Scotland yesterday announced the longlist for this year’s McIlvanney Prize. The winner will be announced at the opening reception at Stirling Castle on Friday 8 September.


June 19, 2017

Sebastian Barry has won the eighth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his...

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 winners

June 15, 2017

Celebrating the finest global fiction in translation, the Man Booker International Prize awards...

Edinburgh International Book Festival launches 2017 programme

June 13, 2017

Brave new words, over 1,000 participants, political earthquakes, playing with books, and some...

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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...

That Old Thing

June 9, 2017

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June 9, 2017

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From The Vaults

Panama Hell

March 21, 2016

WHEN rumours leaked out that the Scots were considering setting up a trading colony in Panama, the Prince of Orange, William III, denounced them as ‘raging madmen’. Even the Pope waded into the growing chorus of disapproval, condemning a venture that threatened to undermine the Catholic believers...

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...

Volume 1 – Issue 1 – Editorial

October 28, 2009

AS the First Minister, Jack McConnell, reminded us at the opening of the Holyrood parliament, we are a disputatious nation. Argument comes easily to us. There is something in our psyche, something deeply rooted in ours souls, something in the pugnacious northern air, that propels us to take issue, dispute,...

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...