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Em Strang reviews new poetry pamphlets by Angela McSeveney, Donald Mackay and Alec Finlay

November 7, 2012

Angela McSeveney, Still Bristling, Mariscat Press, £5 Angela McSeveney’s latest pamphlet Still Bristling (2012) covers a lot of ground, from litter-strewn rural roads to exotic tree frogs in toilets, ‘looking cute in a pool of pee.’ The collection has a part humorous, part matter-of-fact...

The Propriety of Weeding by Colin Will

October 31, 2012

The Propriety of Weeding, by Colin Will Red Squirrel Press £6.99 Review by Orla Broderick There is no introduction to this book, no thoughtful explanation of title or content, no great musing on the matter within. We are invited to simply read it just as it is. To assess it for what we can see or glean. I...

The Healing of Luther Grove by Barry Gornell

October 31, 2012

The Healing of Luther Grove by Barry Gornell Freight Books £8.99 Review by Alan Gillespie   There are four deaths in the first sentence of Barry Gornell’s debut novel, The Healing of Luther Grove. Granted they turn out to be shot rabbits, but the omens are unsettling and indicative of what is...

Gifted: The Tale of 10 Mysterious Book Sculptures Gifted to the City of Words and Ideas

October 11, 2012

  Robyn Marsack Edinburgh, Polygon, 2012 96 pp. £9.99 (hardback) ISBN: 9781846972485     “I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”...

These Islands We Sing, edited by Kevin MacNeil, Polygon £9.99

October 5, 2012

In the introduction to These Islands We Sing editor Kevin MacNeil lays out the brief for this anthology: — a remit wide enough to bring in writing from any Scottish island, but distinct enough not to include Highland or other mainland work. And this brings in a useful reminder right from the start....

It’s aboot the labour: William Letford’s ‘Bevel’

September 26, 2012

After William Letford’s Edinburgh International Book Festival reading, which he shared with Cape poet Sean Borodale, one poem dominated the Q&A. ‘The light and dark of Adeona’ describes an encounter between a young man and his somewhat younger – “young for her age,” the poem notes –...

EIBF: Jane Rogers – Dystopian Visions of the Near Future (25/08/12)

August 26, 2012

Jane Rogers’s eighth novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Set in a dystopian near future where pregnancy kills, a teenage girl is pulled into a sinister world of martyrdom. Rogers opened with a reading, demonstrating...

EIBF: Stefan Collini – What is the Point of Universities? (24/08/12)

August 25, 2012

Stefan Collini, a professor of English Literature and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge, wants to know what universities are for – or at least, the title of his latest book suggests as much. It seemed prudent to assume this was rhetorical, but chair James Loxley, a professor from...

EIBF: The Epigenetic Evolution – Rethinking Society through Science (18/08/12)

August 22, 2012

Epigenetics is an emerging scientific field, shedding light on the interactions between nature and nurture. Hosted by Richard Holloway, Nessa Carey, author of The Epigenetic Revolution partook in discussion with Paul Shiels from Glasgow University, and Steven Yearley, director of the ESRC Genomics Policy...

EIBF: Ben Marcus and Charles Fernyhough – Fact and Fiction on Course to the Future (11/08/12)

August 12, 2012

Science and literature aren’t that different – both attempt to elucidate the intricacies of ourselves and our universe. This event saw a union of two very different authors, raising questions on the connections between fact and fiction. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus presents a world where the...