Edinburgh was once the Athens of the North, and while it is purely fanciful to imagine that David Greig was out to breathe new life into the old, noble designation of the city when he inaugurated his tenure as artistic director of the Lyceum with a version of The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, it is...
In December 2014, eight months before his death at the age of 93, Brian Stewart sat for the artist Paul Benney. The painting had been commissioned by Prince Charles as part of a series of portraits of D-Day veterans.
20 October, Edinburgh: Today I will fly to Frankfurt, location of the world’s greatest book fair, with my publisher Jean Findlay of Scotland Street Press. I’m being brought along to hustle my book – 9 Months in Tibet – as I’ve proven to be a good hustler over the last three months.
MARTIN Luther hated pilgrimages. He wanted them stamped out – for the common people at least, because they encouraged ‘a vagabond life’, although he made an exception for the nobility. They would still be allowed to travel, he decreed in 1520, but not for any spiritual purpose – only ‘out...
Paul Mason continues to be much in the news despite having left his job as the Economics Editor at Channel 4. He is an itinerant prophet of post-capitalism and high-profile supporter of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party.
Whilst history may be one of the oldest scholarly disciplines, it has, until more recent times mostly averted its gaze from that other so-called ‘oldest profession’, prostitution, particularly in the Scottish context.
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?’ The title of Paul Gauguin’s 1897 painting sounds like a series of questions plucked from Philosophy 101 – until you reach middle age.
In George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Edward Casaubon laboured fruitlessly for many years over The Key To All Mythologies. Richard Holloway knocks it off in just 237 pages.
Memo for Spring, Liz Lochhead’s debut collection of poems, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award in 1972, the first in a succession of awards and honours to follow her down the years.