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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Edinburgh International Book Festival Podcast Special

August 10, 2017

Editor Alan Taylor talks with Kristian Kerr about the August 2017 issue of the Scottish Review of Books, published on the eve of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. They talk Douglas Dunn’s new poetry collection, James Kelman as a short-story writer, Louise Welsh, Jessie Kesson and more.

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...

Editorial

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Volume 12 Issue 5 Editorial

November 18, 2017
by Alan Taylor

LET’S face it, too many books are published. Figures vary but it is generally believed that in the region of 200,000 titles are published in the UK each year. This is a staggering number which leaves us dumbfounded.

Volume 12 Issue 4 Editorial

August 11, 2017
by Alan Taylor

Publishing is a precarious business, not least because significant capital must first be spent before any of it starts to trickle back. Every book is a gamble and few are the ones that turn into gold. Yet publishers are often portrayed not as philanthropists or bulwarks against philistinism but as chancers...

Reviews

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IN PRAISE OF CHAOS

November 18, 2017
by Colin Waters

THE CASE FOR CRITICISM

November 18, 2017
by Nick Major

SCANDINAVIAN NOIR

November 18, 2017
by Dani Garavelli

UNOFFICIAL CAPITAL

November 18, 2017
by Dr John R Young

HOW HILLARY BLEW IT

November 18, 2017
by Jamie Maxwell

WINTER WORDS

November 18, 2017
by Mandy Haggith