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...

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...

Crichton’s Close

March 8, 2017
by Colin Waters

Last year, in my other job, poetry editor at Vagabond Voices, I was involved in the publication of Vicki Husband’s debut collection, This Far Back Everything Shimmers, which features a short poem about attending a poetry reading called ‘The reading’. It is not about poetry or poets, as you might...

Robert Louis Stevenson in Paper

March 6, 2017

A paper sculpture of Robert Louis Stevenson created by artist John Ferguson will be exhibited in the window of Main Point Books later this month.

Psychogeography, Russians, and roofers

March 6, 2017
by The Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library launches its spring season of events.

Scotland’s Bookshops – The Nairn Bookshop

March 2, 2017

The Nairn Bookshop is located in the small sea-side town of Nairn on the Moray Firth. It was established in 1988. At the beginning of November 2015 we moved across the road to larger premises which has proved to be very successful. The larger floor area has allowed us to offer an increased selection...

Crichton’s Close

March 1, 2017
by Colin Waters

This week the StAnza poetry festival kicks off in St Andrews, featuring performances by the National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay, Alice Oswald, Vahni Capildeo, Sarah Howe and many more. For me at least, the location of Scotland’s poetry festival is apt. My memories of St Andrews are bound up with...

New Edinburgh Festival Launches

February 26, 2017

Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival taking place from 20th to 30th March 2017, which brings together ten different institutions and organisations to celebrate book culture, collecting, and the history of the book. The programme includes talks, workshops, and exhibitions, and incorporates the Edinburgh...

Six Scottish Bookshops in Indie Bookshop of the Year shortlist

February 24, 2017

The Bookseller today announced that six Scottish bookshops have been selected for the regional shortlist for the British Book Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year award.