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Rusticated… (IV)

February 6, 2019

If I’d thought quicker, I would have started humming Bolero. We don’t often see snow out here, with the influence of sea on three sides, but when it does come it falls with a curious intensity that borders on malice, the way a lapsing alcoholic might fall on a bottle of malt. There is always a...

Still Looking Forward: 2019 in Prospect

January 25, 2019

  January has been far from a month of hibernation in the world of books: we have already seen the awarding and winning of prizes, the announcement of new bookshops, and a sound and light show featuring work by a number of Scotland’s leading writers. Last night saw the annual Scottish Book Trust...

New Bookshops to look forward to in 2019

January 20, 2019

As the book trade continues to face difficult times it appears that Scotland has something...

Author/Publisher takes home the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

January 18, 2019

Alan Windram is the deserving winner of this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Alan...

Scottish Poet takes the Costa

January 9, 2019

The prestigious Costa Book Prize for Poetry has been scooped-up by a writer from the Scottish...

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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...

Archie Hind’s Lost Novel

October 20, 2009

AN EXTRACT WAS ALL that was ever published. This was 35 years ago in a magazine which presented it as a novel in progress. The title was given there as For Sadie. A later manuscript changed this to Für Sadie, playing on a thematic link with Beethoven’s sonatina Für Elise, because it is a story about...

Crimes Against Fiction?

May 30, 2015

‘TARTAN noir’ has been used to describe crime fiction written by Scottish crime writers for so long now – well over a decade – we’ve grown numb to it. Strange that a genre, or subgenre more accurately, that prides itself on mapping the moral badlands of contemporary Scotland should accept...

Two Rooms of My Own

March 6, 2015

VIRGINIA Woolf said famously that in order to write a woman needs an annual income of £500 (done) and ‘a room of one’s own.’ So there’s no excuse. I’ve got two rooms of my own, stacked on top of each other; half a house, in fact, overhanging the gorge of the Licenza river and the cascading...