Interviews

The SRB Interview: Alasdair Gray

March 28, 2013
by Alan Taylor

  Alasdair Gray, who is 78 and lives in Glasgow, is a writer and artist. Initially, he was best known for his drawings and paintings but with the publication of his novel Lanark in 1981 that changed and he was feted for the creation of a Glasgow Ulysses. Over the next four decades he produced a profusion...

The SRB Interview: Orhan Pamuk

November 16, 2012

When Orhan Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006, the Swedish Academy credited him with discovering ‘new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.’ That same year a Turkish court dropped charges against him, ending a well-publicised trial that had caused international...

The SRB Interview: Kathleen Jamie

June 8, 2012

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire in 1962 and brought up in Currie, near Edinburgh. She was a philosophy student at the University of Edinburgh when her first poetry collection Black Spiders was published in 1982.

The SRB Interview: James Kelman

June 8, 2012

James Kelman was born in Govan in 1946 and brought up there and in Drumchapel. He left school at fifteen, and was living in London when he published his first short story collection, An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973). This was followed in 1983 with another collection, Not not while the giro, and shortly...

The SRB Interview: Jamie Byng

March 2, 2012

For someone who has made their living in literary journalism over the past decade, entering the Edinburgh headquarters of the publisher Canongate can be a poignant experience. The walls are covered in shelves housing old and new editions  of books Canongate has published; as you gaze at their covers,...

The SRB Interview: Liz Lochhead

November 12, 2011

During Liz Lochhead’s SRB interview, she showed Colin Waters, her interlocutor, her diary, evidence of how busy her schedule has grown since accepting the post of Makar, Scotland’s national poet. In this, she succeeded her friend and mentor, Edwin Morgan, the first Makar. The SRB met Lochhead at...

The SRB Interview: Alan Warner – Extended Version

August 10, 2011

Alan Warner has been at the forefront of his generation of Scottish novelists since his debut, Morvern Callar, served notice of his talent. Morvern Callar is narrated by its eponymous heroine, a young woman who deals with the suicide of her boyfriend in a memorable and unexpected fashion. The novel...

The SRB Interview: David Campbell

May 13, 2011

Twenty years ago David Campbell relaunched Everyman’s Library with the aim of producing beautiful books in hardback that would withstand the ravages of time. The original Library was the brainchild of Joseph Dent (1849-1926), a self-taught London bookbinder who, in 1906, adopted the motto, ‘Everyman,...

The SRB Interview: Tom Devine

August 12, 2010

Far from being irrelevant, because of its size, Scotland could become central thanks to a new approach to history, explains Tom Devine. Professor Tom Devine is one of Scotland’s foremost historians. In his two most successful books, The Scottish Nation (1999) and Scotland’s Empire (2003), Devine...

Tom Devine – The SRB Interview

August 12, 2010

Far from being irrelevant, because of its size, Scotland could become central thanks to a new approach to history, explains Tom Devine. Professor Tom Devine is one of Scotland’s foremost historians. In his two most successful books, The Scottish Nation (1999) and Scotland’s Empire (2003), Devine...