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Jane Haining’s Letter from Auschwitz

April 12, 2019

Alison Metcalfe is the Manuscripts Curator of Missionary and Military Archives at the National Library of Scotland. In this piece, she writes about the final letter sent by Jane Haining from Auschwitz in 1944. Haining was matron at the Scottish Jewish Mission School in Budapest and was arrested by the...

Rusticated… (VI)

April 5, 2019

  A sea-watching friend has had a coup. A crisp pair of photographs of a near-adult Kumlien’s gull, far from its usual cruising grounds in Arctic Canada. To most, the image will invoke nothing more involved than the phoneme “seagull” which, if you were to say it aloud, would drive Eddie to...

Spring Fever

April 1, 2019

We’ve had Autumn, followed by Winter. Now, Jim Crumley rolls us into Spring. He could be...

Notebook

April 1, 2019

IT has become accepted to talk about places both real and imaginary in novels as characters....

Coming and Going

April 1, 2019

"Impatience explains why I was ready to adopt a quarrelsome attitude to James Meek’s new...

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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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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...

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...

An Orcadian’s Conversion

August 12, 2011

Why did George Mackay Brown become a Catholic? Religious conversion has always been a thorny theological issue. Christians have reached many different conclusions about how it should be secured: is coercion legitimate or is freely-given faith the only kind that counts? And then there’s sincerity:...

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...