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Book of the Month: Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth

November 17, 2018

  On a summer’s day Rose Ellis arrives at the job she doesn’t-much-love but doesn’t-hate-enough-to-leave to find that her entire floor will be subjected to an ‘AquaProductivity’ experiment. Stagnating sales at Edinburgh’s MoneyTownCashGrowth are, quite literally, putting her team under...

Highland Book Prize Longlist Announced

November 9, 2018

  The longlist for the Highland Book Prize, announced today, features an expanding range of books in the prize’s second year. The proportion of fiction on the list of fourteen titles has increased in 2018 with Gaelic and crime fiction featuring for the first time. Donnchadh MacGillIosa is...

Kenneth Roy, 26 March 1945 – 5 November 2018

November 8, 2018

There was widespread shock and sadness in Scotland at the revelation, in a typically graceful...

Rusticated… (II)

November 2, 2018

  A teaching colleague asks what I’ve been up to during the mid-semester break, and...

Kassabova, Al Rawi win International Prizes

November 1, 2018

  Two international awards were announced this week: Kapka Kassabova has won the British...

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EDITORIAL

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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November 10, 2018

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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...

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...

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...

Becoming a Scot

August 3, 2014

I COME from a family of immigrants, though I never thought of us that way until I became an immigrant myself. My father’s ancestors migrated to the Philippines from Madrid, taking the name Muñoz with them. My mother’s grandfather was from Taiwan. As legend goes, the family name was Tan but after...