Blazing a trail – celebrating the first Scottish woman to see her work in print

March 8, 2019
by Dr Anette Hagan, National Library of Scotland

Dr Anette Hagan is the Rare Books Curator (Early Printed Collections to 1700) at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). In this piece, in celebration of International Women's Day, she explores the work of Elizabeth Melville, the first Scottish woman to see her work in print.


March 6, 2019

  The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, now in its tenth year, has announced a longlist of twelve books in contention for the £25,000 prize.  A further list of twenty books recommended by the Prize’s Academy is also unveiled today. The Longlist of twelve is: Little by Edward Carey...

Notebook: In Scott Country

March 1, 2019
by Alan Taylor

  AS the train from Edinburgh pulls out of Galashiels and inches across the River Tweed on the way to its final stop at Tweedbank the Eildons rise like soufflés in the distance. Consisting of three hills, the highest of which, the banally-named Mid Hill, is just under 1,400 feet, they are the...

Low Level Crime

March 1, 2019
by Rosemary Goring

Rosemary Goring reviews Alexander McCall Smith's new 'Scani blanc' novel, The Department of Sensitive Crimes.

Winter Haiku

March 1, 2019
by Suria Tei

  winter morning the cat’s shadow on the kitchen wall * * * wintry sunshine on my bookshelves words chuckle * * * outside: winter rain inside: my father’s portrait, a dozing cat * * * after last night’s storm my neighbour’s old trampoline slanted, still standing * * * wintry downpour the...

Cult Fiction

March 1, 2019
by Laura M. Morgan

Laura M. Morgan reviews Ewan Morrison's new novel, Nina X.

Tom Leonard – 1944-2018

March 1, 2019
by Alastair Gray

As a tribute to Tom Leonard, who died at the end of last year aged 74, here is a review by Alasdair Gray, which first appeared in Scottish Library Association News in 1984, of the poet’s Intimate Voices: Selected Work 1965-1983.


March 1, 2019
by Alan Taylor

  Val McDermid is depressed and disappointed. Ian Rankin is disheartened ‘to say the least’. What has upset them both is the threat by Aberdeen Council to close every public library in the city except the central library. If this half-baked plan is given the go ahead, sixteen libraries will...

Rusticated… (V)

February 27, 2019
by Brian Morton

  The taxi driver, he reveals as we turn off the main road, grew up at Glenacopaig, just up the hill from the house. He’s been meaning, he says, to go along the track and see it again some day. I go a bit quiet at this, because the last time I was along, even more of the roof had fallen in and...

6 Scottish Bookshops Shortlisted for Indie Bookshop of the Year

February 21, 2019

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners Books. Forty-eight bookshops from nine regions are competing to win in their local area, before vying for the overall prize. The final award will be given out...