Interviews

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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...

The SRB Interview: Denise Mina

March 3, 2017
by Nick Major

Modern crime writing is guilty of various misdemeanours. One is the creation of male detectives who bear a remarkable similarity to each other. Denise Mina is a writer who bucks the trend.

Podcast

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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...

Editorial

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Volume 12 Issue 3 Editorial

June 10, 2017
by Alan Taylor

Here at the Scottish Review of Books we choose our heroes carefully. One such is Richard Hoggart. His is not a name, we acknowledge, which will be familiar to many readers, even those of a ‘certain’ age. But to many baby boomers Hoggart epitomized an era – the two decades immediately following...

VOLUME 12 ISSUE 2 EDITORIAL

March 3, 2017
by Rosemary Goring

It is one of the mysteries of human endeavour that a Golden Age is only recognised when it has passed. Like happiness, it appears in the rearview mirror. When it is in full swing, insiders are oblivious, but with hindsight, what seemed like the usual grind and turmoil can be seen as a halcyon period...

Reviews

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Only the Lonely

June 10, 2017
by Dani Garavelli

Remembering Yevtushenko

June 9, 2017
by Allan Massie

Flowers of Scotland

June 9, 2017
by David Black

Small Island

March 3, 2017
by Dani Garavelli

God’s Sleuth!

March 3, 2017
by Todd McEwen

Her Bloody Project

March 3, 2017
by Richard W. Strachan