Interviews

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THE SRB INTERVIEW: John Banville

November 18, 2017

‘The past beats inside me like a second heart,’ says widow and art historian Max Morden in John Banville’s 2005 novel The Sea. He has returned to the seaside village of his childhood, where he first experienced love, in all its gentleness and brutality; re-imagining this personal enclave,...

The SRB Interview: John Byrne

June 9, 2017
by Nick Major

James Baldwin said that ‘painters have often taught writers how to see’. One could argue that every time John Byrne sits down to paint a picture his writerly imagination is being nurtured. His plays have a vibrancy, wildness and precise detail evident in his earliest primitive paintings. Byrne excels...

Podcast

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Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme is now available. Held at the National Library of Scotland on April 25th, 2018, the seminar saw a group of sixteen new participants and mentors gather for panel discussions on the present and future of...

An SRB Podcast special: Muriel Spark – The Crème de la Crème at the Usher Hall

March 3, 2018

A Scottish Review of Books podcast with live recording of 'Muriel Spark: The Crème de la Crème' at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Editorial

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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...

Volume 13 Issue 1 Editorial

February 10, 2018
by Alan Taylor

MURIEL Spark, the centenary of whose birth we celebrate in this special issue of the Scottish Review of Books, left her native heath in 1937 not knowing when, if ever, she was likely to return. She was still a teenager and eager to see what lay beyond Edinburgh’s vertiginous tenements, greasy, gleaming...

Reviews

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A MUSE’S STORY

June 2, 2018
by Susan Mansfield

FOR PEAT’S SAKE

June 2, 2018
by Cal Flynn

HAPPY DAYS

June 2, 2018
by Harry Ritchie

IS THERE LIFE AFTER CORBYN?

June 2, 2018
by Alasdair McKillop

CONCRETE AND CHEMICALS

June 2, 2018
by Rosemary Goring

Endangered Species

February 10, 2018
by Kirsty Gunn