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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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 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...

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...

Reviews

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McCANADA

August 12, 2017
by Harry McGrath

Back In The USSR

August 12, 2017
by David Robinson

Another Time, Another Place

August 11, 2017
by Rosemary Goring

Who’d Be a Man?

August 11, 2017
by Zoë Strachan

A Long Weekend In Amsterdam

August 11, 2017
by Ronald Frame

REBUS REDUX

August 11, 2017
by Colin Waters