Will you be popping corks?

August 13, 2016
by Rosemary Goring

‘Will you be popping corks?’, people usually ask when they hear you have finished a novel. Others might rush to celebrate, but after I’ve typed the words THE END, I am usually assailed by a sort of melancholy that is only partly the result of fatigue. A month ago I completed the first draft of...

NEWS FROM SRB: Our new website

August 12, 2016
by Rosemary Goring

This weekend sees the launch of the new Scottish Review of Books website. We warmly welcome old and new readers and past and future subscribers and we hope that you will regularly visit this site which, at the moment, is still a work in progress. Like many of the great novels and poems of the past,...

NEWS FROM SRB: Emerging Critics

August 12, 2016
by Rosemary Goring

A unique literary venture, Emerging Critics, is launched this weekend as applications are invited for a mentoring programme for aspiring literary critics which will begin this autumn. The Scottish Review of Books, in conjunction with Creative Scotland, is embarking on a pilot scheme for training the...

The SPL Podcast: Claire Askew

August 10, 2016
by The Scottish Poetry Library

Claire Askew is the author of an acclaimed debut, This Changes Things (Bloodaxe), and has been shortlisted for the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her poetry challenges its readers to consider the position from which they interpret it. She isn’t content to merely point the finger; her work proceeds...

The SPL Podcast: Carrie Etter

July 20, 2016
by The Scottish Poetry Library

In this podcast Jennifer Williams talks to Carrie Etter about her newest collection, Scar (Shearsman 2016), a sequence exploring the impact of climate change on her home state of Illinois which speaks to problems faced by all of us as we enter this period of environmental catastrophe. Carrie Etter is...

William McIlvanney

December 8, 2015

William Angus McIlvanney, Novelist, Poet, Essayist Born, 25 November, 1936 – Died 5 December, 2015 IN the considered and generous opinion of his contemporary and peer, Allan Massie, William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, was the finest Scottish novelist of his generation. While others...

Linda Gask, The Other Side of Silence. (Vie Books £9.99)

November 11, 2015

Retired from clinical practice after more than 30 years as an NHS psychiatrist, Linda Gask first trained in medicine in Edinburgh. Now Emeritus Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at Manchester University, she has worked as an advisor to the World Health Organisation in the management of depression,...

My Life in Poetry with Christine De Luca

October 7, 2015
by The Scottish Poetry Library

Is there a poet more passionate about poetry in Edinburgh than the city’s Makar Christine De Luca? Perhaps, but if so, I have yet to meet them. From my perch in the Scottish Poetry Library, I’d watch De Luca attend just about every event that the SPL held. Syrian, Polish, young Scottish – no matter...

From Renaissance to Referendum – SPL Event Series

September 25, 2015

Is poetry good for anything than persuading someone you fancy to take a second look your way, or to bring a touch of class to a wedding or a funeral? Sure, we all enjoy reading poetry (don’t we?), but does it add up to anything else? A rhetorical question. Those who think poetry is read and written...

The SRB Interview: Robin Robertson

May 30, 2015

Robin Robertson is a poet whose work is infused with classical myth and folklore. The gods and prophets who inhabit his poems are shape-shifting and transformational figures, such as Dionysus or Proteus. His visceral and sometimes violent verse displays a carefully controlled rhythm and musicality....