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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...

Crichton’s Close

April 12, 2017
by Colin Waters

Each year the Scottish Poetry Library sets a poor soul a Herculean task – read every poem published in the space of 12 months by a poet who is Scottish or who has made Scotland his home.

New post aims to make most of Muriel Spark centenary

April 7, 2017

The National Library of Scotland and Creative Scotland seek a co-ordinator to oversee a range of exciting activities marking next year’s centenary of the birth of Muriel Spark.

Crichton’s Close

March 31, 2017
by Colin Waters

We held two events at the SPL last week with two very different poets, William Letford on the Thursday, and on the Friday, a rare appearance north of the border by Iain Sinclair. I got to spend a little time with both.

Nazi Britain

March 30, 2017
by Alasdair McKillop

The BBC’s five-part television adaptation of Len Deighton’s 1978 novel SS-GB recently ended. London and the south of England are under control; the north, however, is not fully subdued.

UK’s oldest book prizes announce shortlist

March 27, 2017

A fascinating blend of stories that cross cultural divides form the shortlist of Britain’s oldest book awards. The James Tait Black Prizes award two annual prizes for books published during the previous year – one for the best work of fiction and the other for the best biography.

Keeping the reader’s attention – Episode #4

March 23, 2017

In this episode David Robinson tells Kristian Kerr about his first meeting with his four mentees, who have been writing reviews of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Discussion topics include writing for the public, keeping a reader’s attention, reading each other’s work and being confident without...

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist has been revealed…

March 16, 2017

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in...

Spooky or what?

March 16, 2017
by Alasdair McKillop

In a recent edition of the London Review of Books, Andrew O’Hagan was right about the fun to be had in speculating about the links between the Paris Review and the CIA. Peter Matthiessen, one of its co-founders, was famously a recruit but what about the magazine’s editor, George Plimpton? Was the...

Crichton’s Close

March 15, 2017
by Colin Waters

Confession: my knowledge of Russian poets isn’t all it should be. I know a smattering by the greats of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Pushkin, Mayakovsky, Pasternak. The Russian poet I know best is Lermontov, who I recorded a podcast about some years back to tie in with a new volume of Lermontov...