Scotland’s Bookshops- Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar

July 18, 2018
by SRB

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with Millie McCosh-Thomson, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar.

Independent Publisher Scoops £25,000 Walter Scott Prize

June 20, 2018

Author Benjamin Myers has won the ninth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Gallows Pole, a novelisation of the true story of the Cragg Vale Coiners.  Bluemoose Books, a small Yorkshire-based independent publisher, triumphed over some of the UK’s biggest publishing houses and saw...

Pop-up bookshop on its way to the Western Isles

June 4, 2018

Waterstones and Scottish Book Trust are joining forces to take a pop-up bookshop to Benbecula. As part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, a Scottish Government campaign that aims to encourage children to develop a love of reading, Waterstones will take over 600 books to Benbecula and will...

SRB DIARY: IN LOCHINVER

June 2, 2018
by Mandy Haggith

‘Quinuituq’ is an Inuit word for the deep patience required to survive in the arctic, where the rhythm of life consists of long still-ness broken by sudden movement: ice hanging at the front of a glacier then crashing into the ocean; long, dark winters erupting into the brief summer feasting...

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2 EDITORIAL

June 2, 2018

Twelve or thirteen hours into the flight from Glasgow to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island the will to live starts to evaporate. It had taken seven hours to reach Dubai, through whose labyrinthine airport we marched to our gate as if to an appointment with an amateur dentist. Where were all...

SRB AT THE THEATRE: IN DUBLIN

June 2, 2018
by Joseph Farrell

‘I had never really thought about leaving Scotland,’ says Graham McLaren, but in 2016 he and Neil Murray were lured from the National Theatre of Scotland to become joint directors of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Murray had experience as manager and producer at the Tron as well as at the NTS, while...

NEW POEMS: Brian Johnstone

June 2, 2018
by Brian Johnstone

Treading the Boards The air of 1960 holds him still in mid-dive, arms extended, legs aligned: the ten year old who took the top board in his stride, took this year younger kid, every bit a show-off, up as far as second top to execute the flop that still stings in recall. He hangs there yet, the older...

IN THE SWALLOW’S NEST

June 2, 2018
by David Cunningham

There has never, to state the very obvious, been an easy time to pursue a writing career. But certain events in the past decade – the Great Recession, the onslaught of digital, the economic decline of print journalism – have made it harder still. We seem to have entered a world where Virginia Woolf’s...

TURGENEV AT 200

June 2, 2018
by Brian Morton

In a two-part essay originally written for Partisan Review, Arthur Koestler meditated on the origins of ‘The Intelligentsia’. It was typical Koestler, a mixture of windy science and visionary percipience. In the first part, he speculates on the nature of brain cells: were they ordinary body cells...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: David Greig

June 2, 2018
by Nick Major

One of the age-old qualities of art is its capacity to transcend the limits of place, time and selfhood. At a time when countries around the world – especially in Europe – are retreating into themselves, art might function as a countervailing force: a way of looking beyond the horizon. The playwright...