Scotland Your Scotland – The Edinburgh International Book Festival essay

August 16, 2017
by Andrew O'Hagan

There are good reasons to trust that the 21st century will indeed be a time of times, a period for the ages, as we proceed toward new formulations of what it means to be human, of what constitutes a society, of what characterises a culture and what makes a nation.

Acclaimed duo win oldest book prizes with tales of love and loss

August 15, 2017

Acclaimed authors Eimear McBride and Laura Cumming join the distinguished list of writers who have won the James Tait Black Prizes, awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh. The winners of the £10,000 prizes were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival...

Michel Faber to talk about late wife’s photography

August 14, 2017

Acclaimed author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber will be talking about the remarkable work of his late wife, the photographer Eva Faber at an event at the Scottish National Gallery later this month. After the talk there will a drinks reception, to network with the...

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.

Liz Lochhead wins Lifetime Achievement Award

July 14, 2017
by Kristian Kerr

The second annual Sunday Herald Scottish Culture awards were held on Thursday, July 13 in Glasgow. Nominees from across the arts gathered for a glittering evening of celebration at the SWG3 Studio Warehouse in Finnieston.

The Highland Bookshop

July 1, 2017

UPDATE The Highland Bookshop in Fort William is now open. The Highland Bookshop in Fort William is still a work in progress and will open its doors for the first time on 14 July 2017. Here co-owner Kevin Ramage tells the story of the new shop: I thought the Watermill Bookshop in Aberfeldy kept me plenty...

Stephanie Wolfe Murray

June 27, 2017
by Jan Rutherford

The members of the editorial team of Scottish Review of Books are greatly saddened to share the news of the death of Stephanie Wolfe Murray, founder of Canongate Publishing. Stephanie started Canongate with her husband Gus Wolfe Murray, Robert Sure and Charles Wild in 1973 and over the next nineteen...

Wilfred Owen arrives in Edinburgh

June 26, 2017
by Jan Rutherford

As the Caledonian Sleeper arrived into Edinburgh’s Waverley Station at twenty minutes past seven this morning travellers might have been forgiven for thinking that they had slipped back in time. Out from the train — in full First World War uniform — stepped war poet Wilfred Owen, 100 years...

Brexit 365 – ‘Keep calm and negotiate’

June 23, 2017
by Jan Rutherford

Exactly one year on from the EU referendum, what does Brexit mean for literature and the arts here in Scotland? Scottish Review of Books hosted an event at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh last night looking at exactly that question. The audience gathered to hear SRB Editor, Alan Taylor,...


June 21, 2017

Bloody Scotland yesterday announced the longlist for this year’s McIlvanney Prize. The winner will be announced at the opening reception at Stirling Castle on Friday 8 September.