Stephanie Wolfe Murray

June 27, 2017

The editorial team of Scottish Review of Books are greatly saddened to share the news of the death of Stephanie Wolfe Murray, founder of Canongate Publishing. Stephanie started Canongate with her husband Gus Wolfe Murray, Robert Sure and Charles Wild in 1973 and over the next nineteen years published...

Wilfred Owen arrives in Edinburgh

June 26, 2017

As the Caledonian Sleeper arrived into Edinburgh’s Waverley Station at twenty minutes past seven this morning travellers might have been forgiven for thinking that they had slipped back in time. Out from the train — in full First World War uniform — stepped war poet Wilfred Owen, 100 years...

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...


June 21, 2017

Bloody Scotland yesterday announced the longlist for this year’s McIlvanney Prize. The winner...


June 19, 2017

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

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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

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...

Beebus Scotticus

November 12, 2011

The Scottish playwright James Bridie, who makes an incidental appearance in this book, unconvincingly dressed as a woman, was often accused of being incapable of writing a third act. For two-thirds of the evening he would beguile and provoke the audience. Then he would lose interest in his characters...

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,...

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...