Good Intentions

February 20, 2019
by Graeme Hawley, National Library of Scotland

Graeme Hawley is the Head of General Collections at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). In this piece, the first of a regular series from NLS curators, he reflects on a chance encounter with a book in the collection. The occupational hazard in my work is curiosity. You train yourself after a while...

Rusticated… (IV)

February 6, 2019
by Brian Morton

If I’d thought quicker, I would have started humming Bolero. We don’t often see snow out here, with the influence of sea on three sides, but when it does come it falls with a curious intensity that borders on malice, the way a lapsing alcoholic might fall on a bottle of malt. There is always a...

Still Looking Forward: 2019 in Prospect

January 25, 2019
by Kristian Kerr

  January has been far from a month of hibernation in the world of books: we have already seen the awarding and winning of prizes, the announcement of new bookshops, and a sound and light show featuring work by a number of Scotland’s leading writers. Last night saw the annual Scottish Book Trust...

New Bookshops to look forward to in 2019

January 20, 2019

As the book trade continues to face difficult times it appears that Scotland has something to celebrate. A new and fiercely independent LGBT shop opened in Glasgow towards the end of 2018 – Category is Books in Allison Street – and more new independent and chain openings are rumoured and planned...

Author/Publisher takes home the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

January 18, 2019

Alan Windram is the deserving winner of this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Alan is a much respected author and co-founder (with wife Susan Windram, editor of the Oban Times) of children’s book publisher Little Door Books. His book, One Button Benny, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter,...

Scottish Poet takes the Costa

January 9, 2019

The prestigious Costa Book Prize for Poetry has been scooped-up by a writer from the Scottish Borders. J.O. Morgan, originally from Edinburgh, took the award for his book-length poem, Assurances about the nuclear tensions of the Cold War period. The book, his fifth, is published by Jonathan Cape. Mr...

Tom Leonard

January 7, 2019

Members of the Scottish Review of Books team were saddened to hear of the death of Tom Leonard – poet, writer and critic – on the shortest day of winter, 21 December 2018. He was 74 and died after a short period in hospital. A full appreciation of his life and work will follow in the Spring print...

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 24, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. Today's selection is from Rosemary Goring.

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 23, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. Today's selection is from Tim Craven.

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 22, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. Today's selections are from Alasdair McKillop.