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 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...

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.

Reviews

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Endangered Species

February 10, 2018
by Kirsty Gunn

For Those In Peril

February 10, 2018
by John MacLeod

Wooing Jimmy

February 10, 2018
by David Torrance

The Debatable Land

February 10, 2018
by Harry McGrath

IN PRAISE OF CHAOS

November 18, 2017
by Colin Waters

THE CASE FOR CRITICISM

November 18, 2017
by Nick Major