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Scottish Review of Books Funding

May 22, 2019

It is with the greatest regret that the Board of Scottish Review of Books Limited announce a break in regular publication of the PRINT edition of the quarterly magazine. Our latest funding application has been turned down by Creative Scotland, part-funder of the magazine for the last 15 years. We hope...

In Search of Seamus

May 20, 2019

The village of Bellaghy has become a place of pilgrimage not for martyrs but for poetry lovers who come to pay homage to Seamus Heaney who died in 2013, aged 73. The grave and its simple headstone are a modest tribute to a writer who is credited with unifying his country and who remained faithful to...

Iolaire

May 20, 2019

  THERE is already a strong body of responses, in oral literature, song, story, drama,...

For the Good Times

May 20, 2019

  ‘FUCKING Glasgow, my friend, it’s just like Belfast, the same rivalries, the same...

Underland

May 20, 2019

  ROBERT Macfarlane, whose career has been in steep ascent since 2003, began with a book...

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SRB at the Theatre: Strindberg in Perth

May 20, 2019

  The programme, obviously, attributes the work to August Strindberg but adds that it has been adapted by Zinnie Harris, a writer much admired for a series of mordant plays which deal unflinchingly with issues of our times. However, the words ‘adapted by’ now cause a flutter of apprehension...

New Poems

May 20, 2019

Iolaire

May 20, 2019

Like a Dragonfly

May 20, 2019

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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...

Who is Nicola Sturgeon?

March 6, 2015

DAVID Torrance’s biography of Nicola Sturgeon opens in the Scottish Parliament. She is about to become the First Minister of Scotland and ‘appeared relaxed in a red one-piece dress (designed by Edinburgh design duo Totty Rocks). Sitting a few rows behind her was the man she was about to succeed,...

Mac Exodus

October 28, 2009

IN 1909, A CONTEMPORARY statistician, G.T. Bisset, remarked, “The Scots are a notoriously migratory people.” The statement if anything understated the legendary scale of Scottish international mobility. From at least medieval times the Scottish diaspora was an intrinsic and vital part of the national...

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...