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Pop-up bookshop on its way to the Western Isles

June 4, 2018

Waterstones and Scottish Book Trust are joining forces to take a pop-up bookshop to Benbecula. As part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, a Scottish Government campaign that aims to encourage children to develop a love of reading, Waterstones will take over 600 books to Benbecula and will...

Carol Ann Duffy’s Shore to Shore is heading to Scotland

May 31, 2018

Carol Ann Duffy’s hugely successful Shore to Shore is back for Independent Bookshop Week 2018. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, accompanied by Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker & Jackie Kay, along with musical MC John Sampson will cross the country to visit and perform in nine independent bookshops,...

Walter Scott shortlist Announced

May 21, 2018

A shortlist of six titles has been revealed for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The Walter Scott Prize, celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, was founded by patrons and distant kinsfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, to honour the legacy and achievements of Sir Walter...

Kapka Kassabova wins inaugural Highland Book Prize for ‘Border’

May 15, 2018

Kapka Kassabova was announced as the winner of the inaugural Highland Book Prize at the Ullapool Book Festival on 12th May. Her book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta), is an exploration of the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece, once a heavily guarded line between east...

Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme is now available. Held at the National Library of Scotland on April 25th, 2018, the seminar saw a group of sixteen new participants and mentors gather for panel discussions on the present and future of...

Sharing the sad news of the death of illustrator and musician, Scott Hutchison

May 11, 2018

All at Scottish Review of Books are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Scott Hutchison. Scott Hutchison (36), Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist was also a renowned illustrator who studied at Glasgow School of Art. His most recent collaboration was with poet Michael Pedersen on his collection,...

Don’t forget – St Andrew’s and St George’s West Charity Book Fair starts this weekend

May 11, 2018

St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in George Street, Edinburgh is well-known for its annual second-hand book fair. The event takes place across one week in May—Christian Aid week—and over the last decade the sale has raised more than £1 million for the work undertaken internationally...

A mission to connect Scottish Literature to the wider World

May 10, 2018

Senior publishing figures from the US, Korea and Europe are set to visit Scotland this summer in a trade mission reaffirming Scotland’s position on the international literary map. The fourth International Fellowship Programme from Publishing Scotland facilitates international exchange and comprises...

A Visual Voyage through Time: Taking Scotland’s story from printed page to an eye in the sky

May 9, 2018

Scottish writer and publisher James Crawford has taken to the skies for a dramatic new interpretation of Scotland’s history. In his new book and three-part TV series, Scotland from the Sky, best-selling author and Historic Environment Scotland publisher James Crawford takes readers and viewers...

Ullapool Book Festival 2018 – this weekend

May 7, 2018

Ullapool Book Festival on the shores of Lochbroom– Everybody who has ever been agrees it is wonderful – but what makes it so? Well, yes, it’s a perfect setting, it’s brilliantly organised, attracts the writers we want to hear and meet, there’s music and food, whisky and walks and talk, and...