Brexit 365 – ‘Keep calm and negotiate’ as Creative Scotland reveal that over 90% working in the creative industries voted to remain

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.


June 19, 2017

Sebastian Barry has won the eighth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his epic American novel Days Without End.  Barry’s previous novel On Canaan’s Side was a winner in 2012, and he returned to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland this weekend to receive his Prize...

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 winners

June 15, 2017

Celebrating the finest global fiction in translation, the Man Booker International Prize awards both the winning author and translator £25,000.

Edinburgh International Book Festival launches 2017 programme

June 13, 2017

Brave new words, over 1,000 participants, political earthquakes, playing with books, and some meerkats- Edinburgh's largest book festival yet.

100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s time in Edinburgh

June 3, 2017

A series of events taking place this summer and autumn will commemorate the centenary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s stay in Edinburgh in 1917. The celebrations include a poem written to mark the anniversary by the National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay, a special screening of Regeneration, and a re-enactment...

Bloody Scotland programme launched

June 2, 2017

Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival yesterday launched their 2017 programme including an opening ceremony at Stirling Castle and a torchlit procession leading to a special 30th anniversary event starring Ian Rankin. This year’s festival runs from 8th-10th September at various...

Edith Wharton discovery

June 1, 2017

A previously unknown play by Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton has been discovered by a University of Glasgow academic.

Hisham Matar wins inaugural Rathbones Folio Prize

May 30, 2017

Matar received the award for The Return; Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, a profound and powerful memoir of his search, both physical and psychological, for his missing father.

Crichton’s Close

May 18, 2017
by Colin Waters

To Newcastle, where the city’s third annual poetry festival stretched its way from Tuesday to Saturday last week. Despite an especially unpleasant cold’s best efforts to deprive me off the pleasure of attending the festival, the week was memorable and rich with suggestions for further reading –...