Judging the Booker – when a Scot won for the first (and so far only) time

March 9, 2018

In this, the 50th anniversary year of the Booker Prize, Alan Taylor reveals the details of How Late It Was, How Late’s incredible comeback in the judging rounds. This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday in 1994. Prize Fight EVERY circus needs its big top, and the grandiloquent Guildhall,...

Viv French wins the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

March 6, 2018

 Scottish Book Trust have announced that their 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award will go to Vivian French The author or illustrator nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award is an individual with an impressive backlist, a long record of engaging with their audience, and meaningful engagement...

Emerging Critics 2 – Deadline for applications extended to 14 March 2018

March 5, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to apply for a place on Emerging Critics 2. Deadline for applications 14 March 2018 We are looking for those interested in Arts Criticism – literature, performance, visual. Those new to criticism and those wanting to improve their skills can apply to join this FREE programme...

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

Photographs from Muriel at the Usher Hall

February 13, 2018

New photographs have been made available from the Usher Hall Centenary celebration for Muriel Spark, January 2018.  With thanks to Alan McCredie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Emerging Critics is Back!

February 12, 2018

‘I would recommend this programme… it is incredibly supportive and interesting with a varied curriculum, interesting recommended reading, and full of great networking opportunities’ – Participating Mentee, 2016/17 Following the success of the first Emerging Critics programme, we are back! This...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kapka Kassabova

February 10, 2018
by Nick Major

Earlier this month, Kapka Kassabova won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award for Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Kapka Kassabova is a poet of itinerancy and transience. Her prose and verse inhabit the physical and imaginary edge-lands of our lives. She was born in 1973 in Communist...

Scotland’s Bookshops – Topping Books, St Andrews

February 5, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with a bookseller—Duncan Furness, Topping & Company, St Andrews Tell us the story of your shop  Topping & Company in St Andrews is the newest in a beautifully formed trio of bookshops catering to serious booklovers. Our shop in Ely was founded 15 years...

Kapka Kassabova wins Stanford Dolman Award for Travel Book of the Year

February 2, 2018

Kapka Kassabova has won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for her latest book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe. Scotland-based writer Kapka Kassabova last night lifted the prestigious Stanford Dolman Award for the Travel Book of the Year. Her book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of...

Spectator Podcast: The Life and Work of Muriel Spark

February 1, 2018

From the wider world of literary podcasts: Listen to author Alan Taylor and critic Philip Hensher as they talk about Spark’s life, legacy, special strengths as a novelist – and the mystique that continues to surround the Scottish-born, Tuscan dwelling author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. ...