Emerging Critics Podcast

Kristian Kerr sits down with contributors to discuss the Emerging Critics Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Review of Books and Creative Scotland, established to mentor new voices in cultural criticism.

You can listen to the podcasts below:

Challenging Biases as Readers – Episode #5

April 12, 2017

Kristian Kerr talks with Emerging Critics mentor Dave Coates about expanding review coverage to include a variety of voices, challenging our conscious and unconscious biases as readers and writers, connections between academic and journalistic literary criticism, and the knotty issue of money. Listem...

Keeping the reader’s attention – Episode #4

March 23, 2017

In this episode David Robinson tells Kristian Kerr about his first meeting with his four mentees, who have been writing reviews of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Discussion topics include writing for the public, keeping a reader’s attention, reading each other’s work and being confident without...

Reviewing for Print and Online Platforms – Episode #3

March 14, 2017

Kristian Kerr talks with Emerging Critics mentor and Creative Scotland Literature Officer Kaite Welsh. Kaite offers perspectives on reviewing for print and online platforms and the complementary relationship between the two. Other areas of conversation include pitching to editors and the editorial process;...

Reviewing for Newspapers – Episode #2

March 7, 2017

This conversation with Literary Editor Rosemary Goring offers perspective on the current practice of reviewing. Rosemary and Kristian discuss criticism as surgical and precise as well as being more broadly diagnostic of the health of a culture. The conversation ranges across the health of the profession...

Emerging Critics an Introduction – Episode #1

January 29, 2017

Editor Alan Taylor and Kristian Kerr discuss the Emerging Critics Programme, a partnership between the SRB and Creative Scotland, established to mentor new voices in cultural criticism. Topics include the state of criticism in Scotland today, the centrality of newspapers to cultural commentary, how...